Industry taking the lead to conduct Safety Time Out

06 Dec 2019

Ref No.: 061219 (2)

UEN: S97SS0046G

Dear Valued ASPRI Members,

Industry taking the lead to conduct Safety Time Out

November saw the highest number of workplace fatalities in a month for 2019, with a total of nine fatal workplace accidents.

In support of Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council’s and the Singapore Contractors Association Ltd (SCAL)’s call to industry to conduct Safety Time Out (STO), Woh Hup (Private) Limited had organised a site visit to the Kim Chuan Depot worksite on 6 December 2019.

The event showcased how Woh Hup (Private) Limited conducted the STO on-site and some of the good WSH practices implemented, that are aligned to WSH 2028 recommendations:

Strengthen WSH Ownership

  • Empowering workers to stop work if WSH is compromised
  • Putting in place a near-miss reporting process with rewards for workers who raise any unsafe findings/observations or provide any suggestions to improve WSH

Promote Technology-enabled WSH

  • Using Building Information Modelling (BIM) system to identify potential risks, and train the workers on the processes for complex structures or high risk works
  • Leveraging on available technology solutions to improve WSH like digital proximity sensor for the forklifts and fatigue detection systems for crawler cranes

Enhance Focus on Workplace Health

  • Providing all workers with safety vests that contain resin to repel mosquitoes
  • Organising regular exercise classes, medical health talks and monthly ‘Fruits Day’ to encourage workers to look after their health

Close to 30 representatives from the WSH Council, SCAL, Singapore Institution of Safety Officers, Building Construction and Timber Industries Employees’ Union, and industry partners attended the event.

The WSH Council and SCAL encourage all industries to “Take Time to Take Care” of safety and health at their workplaces by conducting a STO to review all the work activities and processes to ensure good WSH practices are always adhered to. For more resources on how to conduct STO, click here.