In its press release on 26 September 2011, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) reported an increase in the number of workplace fatalities for the first half of this year as compared to the same period last year. Based on the figures released by the Ministry, 30 cases that resulted in fatal injuries were reported from the period of January to June this year - an increase compared to the 25 cases reported during the same period in 2010. Occupational Diseases also saw a surge from 124 cases reported last year to 361 reported cases this year.
Singapore has maintained a relatively unblemished scorecard in terms of its workplace safety standards. As such, this increase in workplace fatalities has prompted MOM to step up its inspection. In its press release, MOM has informed that it “will not hesitate to impose stiff penalties, where necessary”.
Following the report, JobsCentral conducted a poll from 3rd October to 31st October to gather public opinions on which measure would be the most effective in reducing the number of workplace fatalities. A total of 50 votes were received.