Safety Advisory on Working at Heights

 

Within the two weeks of 30 April 2011 to 11 May 2011, 7 workers died after falling from height in 7 separate incidents. Out of these seven deaths, three were from the construction industry.

Employers and employees do not want this to happen and Safety@Work is extremely concerned about this issue and the lives lost from working at heights.  There is a need for people (employers and employees) to take a step back and relook the work that they are about to do. They should analyse and assess the risks and put in measures to safe guard peoples lives. From developing and implementing Fall Protection Plans to training. Employers and Employees could refer to the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for Working Safely at Height which is available for download at www.wshc.sg.

The Workplace Safety Health Council has also put out an advisory and a message to all. This is explained below.

“The WSH Council is deeply concerned with this recent spate of accidents and would like to urge all employers undertaking work at heights (WAH) to take immediate actions to protect workers. At the same time, the Ministry of Manpower will step up checks on more workplaces and their safety measures as part of its WAH enforcement efforts.

Workers working at heights must be protected at all times. They should not be left to use their own discretion to devise ways to protect themselves. This is the responsibility of the employers. Some of the key measures that employers should adopt while working at heights can be found in Annex A .

Employers are strongly urged to do a risk assessment of the work environment and work methods whenever they put a worker up to work at height.  They must also provide adequate supervision to ensure that control measures and safe work procedures are properly implemented on site.  Working at height risks can be effectively and systematically mitigated if employers develop a robust Fall Protection Plan (FPP). More information on FPP can be found in the Approved Code of Practice for Working Safely at Height .”

Quoted from Workplace Safety Health Council

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