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MOM To Conduct More Surprise Inspections

The Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM) Occupational Safety & Health Inspectorate (OSHI) will be stepping up surprise inspections island-wide at all worksites, particularly for the construction sector, to ensure that workplace safety are upheld by companies and establishments in Singapore.

Meanwhile, the Workplace Safety & Health (WSH) Council, Singapore Contractors Association Limited (SCAL) and Real Estate Developers’ Association of Singapore (REDAS) have called on the industry to conduct management inspections and a “Safety Time-out” on their sites. This is aimed at preventing construction-related accidents and fatalities at the workplace. The surprise checks aim to identify workplace safety and health risks among employees.

Over the coming weeks, the number of inspections will go up by about 50 percent from the current estimated 3,000 inspections a year. There are about 4,000 construction sites here.

During the inspections, the ministry will focus on three main areas: Demolition, working at height and formwork.

According to MOM’s Director of Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate Mr. Kevin Teoh, MOM is launching a blitz of island-wide surprise inspections at all worksites. “We will take stern action against those found to be flouting safety regulations and disregarding workers’ safety. We welcome the initiative by the construction sector’s major players to conduct management inspections and a Safety Time-out to address possible lapses. We urge everyone in the sector to participate here,” Mr. Teoh said.

Meanwhile, the WSH Council’s Construction and Landscape Committee has held discussions with key industry players like SCAL and REDAS to understand industry concerns and formulate industry-wide initiatives.

Various efforts have been put in place to raise WSH standards in the construction sector over the last few years. A comprehensive 10-year plan was developed by the industry with key players taking ownership to improve standards amongst both main contractors and subcontractors as well as in the training of supervisors and workers. Alongside industry-led initiatives, MOM has also enhanced the regulatory framework to take to task companies and stakeholders who are responsible for failing to manage risks at worksites.