MOM takes 558 firms to task for workplace safety lapses, with stop-work orders and almost S$500,000 in fines meted out
SINGAPORE — The authorities issued 12 stop work orders and 232 composition fines amounting to S$499,150 over safety lapses in the last two months, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a Facebook post on Monday (Oct 31).
SINGAPORE — The authorities issued 12 stop-work orders and 232 composition fines amounting to S$499,150 over safety lapses in the last two months, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a Facebook post on Monday (Oct 31).
MOM conducted more than 750 inspections aimed at reducing workplace slips and trips between Aug 15 and Oct 17, which resulted in 1,828 enforcement actions taken against 558 companies.
The inspections were conducted across the construction, manufacturing, transportation and storage, accommodation, and food services sectors.
The most common lapses found were:
- Slips, trips and fall hazards were not identified during risk assessments and thus, no corrective action was taken
- Control measures were not implemented for poorly maintained flooring (such as missing floor tiles, wet surfaces) and poor housekeeping
- Workers wore inadequate footwear, which did not protect enough against slips, trips and fall accidents.
Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State for Manpower, said in the Facebook post: “The common contraventions of slips, trips and falls requires attention to the safety of workers and very basic mitigations."
He added: "Company leaders, supervisors and workers must never compromise on safety practices — we have put everyone on notice, and we expect all parties to keep their eyes on the ball.”