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Construction industry contributed most workplace deaths in first half of 2022


SINGAPORE – The construction industry contributed the highest number of workplace deaths and major injuries in the first half of the year, with 10 deaths and 84 cases of major injuries.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has stepped up enforcement efforts in the industry, said MOM and the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSH) on Friday in releasing the half-year workplace safety statistics.

From January to mid-September, 63 stop-work orders were issued to worksites in the construction industry with unsafe conditions and practices that posed imminent danger to the workers.

One such order was imposed on Wah Khiaw Developments on Aug 11. Multiple unsafe practices were found, such as workers working at heights without barricades or fall arrest systems.

The company was issued fines amounting to $15,000 for the breaches.

A stop work order was also issued to construction company KG Plasterceil on Sept 6 for multiple unsafe scaffolds and unsafe work at heights. MOM is assessing the need for and extent of further penalties.

These companies have to engage external auditors to review their workplace safety and health management systems, and rectify the lapses found before the authorities decide whether to lift the stop-work orders.

Workplace safety has been in the spotlight this year after a rise in the number of workplace deaths.

The death of a Grab delivery rider on Sept 1 brought the number of workplace fatalities this year to 37 – the same as recorded in the whole of last year.

Twenty-eight workers died on the job from January to June, up from 23 in the same period last year and 14 in the second half.

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However, the number of reported workplace injuries – both major and minor – fell. 

In the first half of the year, there were 10,401 such cases. This is lower than the 11,248 in the same period last year, as well as the 10,901 in the second half. 

Earlier this month, MOM introduced a slate of new measures to improve workplace safety.



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