14 Oct 09
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council have released the latest WSH Statistics Report for January to June 2009. The report shows a drop in the overall number of work injuries, including temporary disablements, as well as occupational diseases. However, the number of fatalities and permanent disablements has increased. The increase in fatalities is seen across various sectors especially the construction, marine and manufacturing industries. The top three causes of fatalities are falls from height, collapse/toppling of structure or equipment and struck by objects falling from height.
Chairman of the WSH Council Mr Lee Tzu Yang urged each industry stakeholder to look seriously at all the WSH concerns in their workplaces and take active steps to address them. He added that the Council is developing a structured culture-building programme and a culture index that will raise safety standards in workplaces across Singapore.
To address the increase in number of fatalities and areas of concern highlighted in the Report, MOM and WSH Council have outlined several initiatives such as industry-led taskforces and sector-specific approaches.
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