Updated: 07/03/2014 22:47

MOM to step up enforcement against unsafe contractors

MOM to step up enforcement against unsafe contractors

The Manpower Ministry will impose stiffer rules and higher penalties on errant contractors. 

This comes after workplace accidents resulted in the deaths of 17 workers in the first six months of this year, up from 11 deaths in the same period last year. 

The number of major injuries from January to May also went up 15 per cent from the same period last year, to 71 cases. 

Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Manpower and Education Hawazi Daipi says this cannot go on. 

"These statistics are more than just numbers. There's a father, husband that is lost. It's really tragic. Death, as a result of accidents, will. It will leave a lot of scars on our mind and the mind of those who are related to the deceased. We simply cannot allow this situation to deteriorate."

MOM has performed more than 1,600 inspections on nearly 850 construction companies between January and May this year. 

But even with workplace safety alerts and advance warning of the inspections, Mr Hawazi says the ministry continues to discover unsafe practices on the ground. 

To ensure construction workers' safety and well-being, Mr Hawazi says the government will tighten the conditions for lifting Stop Work Orders. 

The Demerit Point System is also being reviewed to enhance its effectivess. 

Mr Hawazi was speaking at the opening of the annual Construction Safety, Health & Security Campaign at the Employment and Employability Institute this morning.

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