2 work sites get multiple stop-work orders over mosquitoes

Since the circuit breaker started on April 7, all 1,213 construction sites here have been inspected for mosquito breeding at least once. Singapore is in the midst of its largest dengue outbreak, with 28,944 cases in the first 37 weeks of this year, s
Since the circuit breaker started on April 7, all 1,213 construction sites here have been inspected for mosquito breeding at least once. Singapore is in the midst of its largest dengue outbreak, with 28,944 cases in the first 37 weeks of this year, surpassing the previous high of 22,170 for the whole of 2013. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

At least 50 larvae found in each of multiple breeding habitats at each construction site

Two construction sites have received two stop-work orders each for failing to prevent mosquito breeding this year.

In a statement on the local dengue situation issued yesterday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said enforcement action will be taken against the companies managing the two construction sites.

One of the sites, near Arnasalam Chetty Road and Kim Yam Road, in River Valley, was issued stop-work orders on July 20 and Sept 9.

The second stop-work order is still in effect, and will be lifted only when necessary preventive measures have been carried out, said NEA. The work site is located within a dengue cluster that currently has 364 patients.

Multiple mosquito breeding habitats found at the work site included an air-conditioner compressor, a canvas sheet, a planter box and a wooden frame. Fifty or more mosquito larvae were found in each habitat.

The other construction site to receive two stop-work orders is in Serangoon North Avenue 1. It received the orders on July 15 and yesterday.

The mosquito breeding habitats detected at the site included water ponding in units of higher floors, with 50 or more larvae in each habitat.

Meanwhile, around 250 summonses were issued to construction sites from January to last month, while 10 contractors will be charged in court for repeat offences.

Apart from the four stop-work orders issued to the two work sites, another 17 such orders were issued this year.

 
 

NEA said that it has worked with the Singapore Contractors Association, companies managing construction sites, community partners and residents to step up dengue prevention and control efforts in construction sites.

To manage mosquito breeding at work sites, construction site operators were instructed to maintain a minimum workforce to perform housekeeping and facilitate pest control services within the sites during the circuit breaker.

  • 250

    Approximate number of summonses involving dengue-related offences issued to construction sites from January to last month.

  • 10

    Number of contractors to be charged in court for repeat offences.

Since the circuit breaker started on April 7, all 1,213 construction sites across the island have also been inspected at least once.

Although last week was the fifth consecutive week of decline in the weekly number of dengue cases, with 726 cases reported, Singapore is still in the midst of its largest dengue outbreak.

Some 28,944 cases were reported in the first 37 weeks of this year, surpassing the previous high of 22,170 reported in the whole of 2013.

As at Sept 5, 21 people aged between 25 and 92 have died of dengue this year. Of these, 18 worked or lived in active dengue clusters.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 17, 2020, with the headline '2 work sites get multiple stop-work orders over mosquitoes'. Print Edition | Subscribe