Workplace fatalities in the Singapore construction industry increased to 30 in the first half of 2014,
This is more than 5 compared to the same period last year, which The Ministry of National Development revealed in a written response to a parliamentary question.
Over half of all these fatalities took place within the construction sector. Minister for Manpower Tan Chuan-Jin said thatThe workplace safety performance of the construction sector is of particular concern, causing the MND to step up its enforcement of workplace safety regulations.
In the first eight months of this year, about 4,600 inspections were carried out. 51 Stop Work Orders, close to 2,000 Composition Fines and more than 6,000 Notices of Non-Compliance were issued. We have also applied for stronger penalties for cases where there were serious breaches of the law, including higher fines against employers who failed in their duties. All these immediate measures serve to emphasize the importance of workplace safety, as well as to deter lapses and non-compliant behaviour,” he was quoted as saying.