26 Feb 2019
Ref No.: 260219 (1)
Dear Valued ASPRI Members,
National WSH Statistics // Update on WSH Awards 2019 // Share your feedback on WSH Guidelines for Safe Use of Lorry Loaders
2018 National WSH Statistics
There were 41 fatal injuries in 2018; one fewer than the 42 in 2017. However, the number of workplace major injuries increased from 574 cases in 2017 to 596 in 2018. Out of the 41 fatalities, the Construction sector has the highest number with 14 fatalities. More vigilance is needed in the Wholesale Trade sector which saw an increase in fatalities from 3 cases in 2017 to 5 cases in 2018. Falls from height, slips, trips and falls, machinery and vehicular-related incidents remained the top causes of fatal and major injuries in 2018.
There were fewer Occupational Disease (OD) cases in 2018 as compared to previous years. The predominant ODs were Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Noise Induced Deafness and Occupational Skin Diseases.
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council will continue to prioritise the reduction of the main causes of fatal and major injuries through engagement efforts with our tripartite partners. MOM will also conduct targeted inspections on companies with falls from height, slips, trips and falls, machinery and vehicular-related incident risks.
MOM and the WSH Council urge all stakeholders to stay vigilant and ensure safe and healthy workplaces for all workers.
Update on WSH Awards 2019
The injury indicators that will be used to assess the application for the WSH Performance and SHARP Awards are finalised.
Please refer to the table below:
10,000 employed persons
(50% of 2018 IR)*
* Performance and SHARP Awards applicants must attain an organisation injury lower than or equivalent to the qualifying organisation injury rate.
** SHARP Award applicants must also attain a project injury rate lower than or equivalent to the qualifying project injury rate in addition to fulfilling the qualifying organisation injury rate condition.
*** The injury rates above include traffic-related accidents and therefore companies are to factor in traffic-related accidents when calculating the rates.
For more details about the criteria of the WSH Awards 2019, please visitwww.wshc.sg/wshawards
Share your feedback on WSH Guidelines for Safe Use of Lorry Loaders
The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council invites the industry to provide feedback on WSH Guidelines on Safe Use of Lorry Loaders. Lorry loaders, or lorry cranes, are widely used in Singapore. Many industries such as logistics and transportation, construction, landscape, marine, hospitality and entertainment extensively deploy lorry loaders in their business operations.
Lorry loaders are versatile and efficient because of their mobility and shorter set-up time. However, the use of lorry loaders for lifting operations can be hazardous if not carried out properly.
The WSH Council has drafted a set of guidelines to assist the industry in their efforts in raising awareness and building up of workers’ capability for safe use of lorry loaders. We invite industry members to share your valuable feedback with us by 7 March 2019. Your views are important and will help us in shaping the future of workplace safety and health in Singapore.
For more information, please visit the public consult page here