SINGAPORE – Two companies were fined and issued with stop-work orders after unsafe working conditions were found at their worksites, as the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) ramps up its enforcement efforts amid a spike in workplace fatalities.
In a Facebook post on Thursday (Aug 4) about the unsafe practices by the errant companies in recent inspections, MOM added that CAD Associates was fined $21,000 and KHC Development, $20,000.
To lift the stop-work orders, said MOM, they must:
• rectify all unsafe work conditions;
• engage third-party auditors to assess their workplace safety and health management systems;
• develop action plans based on the audit findings; and
• install closed-circuit television cameras at places where high-risk activities are being carried out.
Mr Sebastian Tan, director of MOM’s occupational safety and health inspectorate, said: “The site conditions at these two worksites are appalling and unacceptable.
“Our workers must never be subject to such imminent dangers where they risk falling from height or have materials collapsing on them.
“As construction activities pick up, contractors must step up their efforts to keep our worksites safe for our workers.”
A series of seven photos depicting the unsafe practices found at the worksites were attached to the Facebook post.