Nine shipyards have been fined and warned for safety lapses following a surprise check by Manpower Ministry (MOM) officers earlier this month.
Nine shipyards have been fined and warned for safety lapses following a surprise check by Manpower Ministry (MOM) officers earlier this month. The inspectors found faults at all the nine shipyards they checked and dished out 25 warning letters and composition fines of between $500 to $5,000, depending on how serious the offences were.
Eight subcontractors working within these shipyards were punished as were two individuals, a supervisor and a ship repair manager, for not ensuring the correct safety measures.
All lapses had to be fixed before work on these sites were allowed to resume.
Three areas of particular concern to the MOM inspectors: inadequate measures to preventworkers from falling; workers put at risks of electrocution; and workers not being provided safe and proper means, such as ladders, to access work areas.
Six of the nine shipyards fell down on having safety measures in place to stop workers from falling to the ground or into the waters where the vessels they are working on are berthed.
On Saturday, an Indian worker fell to his death in a water ballast tank of a ship in Keppel Shipyard, one of the nine shipyards inspected by the MOM on Sept 13.
In another MOM operation last month, this time on 11 construction sites, a common pitfall was also the lack of cordons or barriers which, coupled with poor visibility from a lack of lighting, put workers at risk of fatal falls.
Between 2006 and 2008, three out of every 10 workplace deaths were results of falls. Out of those who fell to their deaths, more than seven out of 10 were from the construction and marine sectors.
Both surprise checks by the MOM were conducted after working hours - a time period when about two in five of all worksite deaths occurred.