Fewer workers dying from fall from height

Minister of State for Manpower and National Development Zaqy Mohamad preparing to try out the scaffolding at the Institute of Technical Education College East's new Workplace Safety and Health Centre on Nov 14, 2019.
Minister of State for Manpower and National Development Zaqy Mohamad preparing to try out the scaffolding at the Institute of Technical Education College East's new Workplace Safety and Health Centre on Nov 14, 2019.PHOTO: MINISTRY OF MANPOWER

The number of workers who died as a result of a fall from height has declined by more than half over the past decade.

Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad said yesterday that the decline - from 24 deaths in 2009 to eight last year - was due partly to the Government and industry partners' concerted efforts to raise awareness and train workers.

The Ministry of Manpower also conducted more inspections, including 300 checks on 250 companies in September. In that same month, it issued four stop-work orders and 80 fines totalling $91,000 to punish work safety oversights.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 15, 2019, with the headline 'Fewer workers dying from fall from height'. Print Edition | Subscribe