Workers need detailed briefing on safety measures

Who is going to be held responsible for the recent death of a cleaner by electrocution ("Cleaner electrocuted: Court points to footwear lapse"; Nov 30)? Will anyone take the rap for the footwear lapse?

It seems the worker was not briefed properly about the danger of possible electrocution if he washes an area without wearing shoes. Most workers are uneducated hence a proper detailed briefing is required, instead of assuming that they understand the consequences.

Unfortunately, so many workers have died because of lapses.

I hope the Manpower Ministry will seriously look into these issues and make sure that contractors do not take it lightly as every life is important.

Shamim Moledina

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2016, with the headline 'Workers need detailed briefing on safety measures'. Print Edition | Subscribe