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435 Singapore companies fined for having poor workplace safety measures

435 Singapore companies fined for having poor workplace safety measures

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has fined and even issued stop-work notices to 435 establishments for violating workplace safety regulations.

After two months of inspections and investigations into workplace accidents and mishaps, including slips, trips, and falls (STF), which took place between 26 June and 25 August, the non-compliance issues were brought to light.

The construction, manufacturing, transportation and storage, wholesale and retail trade, and services sectors all underwent more than 700 inspections. 1,491 enforcement actions totaling $186,050 were carried out, including three stop-work orders and 89 composition fines.

These businesses were fined for disregarding safety precautions, poor housekeeping procedures, poorly maintained floors, wearing the wrong shoes or safety gear, and disobeying anti-STF regulations.

It also urged businesses to make sure safety measures are properly implemented and urged workers to report unsafe workplace conditions if they notice safety hazards and lapses.

According to Ministry-released data, since 2014, slips, trips, and falls have been the leading cause of workplace injuries. The Ministry also observed a marked increase in these incidents over time. Many organisations have neglected to include STF concerns in their risk analyses.

The Ministry has also given businesses instructions on how to put safety measures in place and encourage their employees to report any unsafe conditions they come across. Employers have been threatened with harsh punishment if serious mistakes are discovered.

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