Spike in cases of near misses at LTA worksites

Scaffolding put up as additional support could be seen near the site of a collapsed viaduct, on July 21, 2017. The incident emphasised that beyond practising worksite safety, it is imperative that safety is foremost in the minds of all involved, said
Scaffolding put up as additional support could be seen near the site of a collapsed viaduct, on July 21, 2017. The incident emphasised that beyond practising worksite safety, it is imperative that safety is foremost in the minds of all involved, said LTA chairman Alan Chan. ST PHOTO: NG JUN SEN

The number of near-miss incidents being reported at the Land Transport Authority's (LTA) worksites has surged by over 40-fold - growing from 73 incidents in 2015 to 3,126 last year.

These refer to incidents that did not result in injury, illness or damage - but had the potential to do so. The LTA said that since November 2015, it has stepped up efforts to encourage contractors to report near misses, essential to identify and fix gaps in safety management.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 05, 2017, with the headline 'Spike in cases of near misses at LTA worksites'. Print Edition | Subscribe