SINGAPORE: The Manpower Ministry (MOM) will be pouring an extra S$8 million into a fund to help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) manage risks at the workplace.

The announcement came in the wake of higher fatal accidents involving lifting equipment, especially in the construction sector.

This accounted for 56 percent of all workplace fatalities between 2002 and 2006.

Speaking at a workplace safety seminar, Senior Parliamentary Secretary Hawazi Daipi said that seven people have already died in accidents involving lifting equipment this year.

He noted that many of these incidents were caused by a lack of trained personnel, use of unsafe rigging and weak management of human traffic at the site.

That is why MOM is putting in more money to help another 2,300 SMEs – three times more than the number which have benefited from the “Risk Management Assistance Fund” since April 2006 – manage risks at the workplace.

The top-up will be spread over the next four years – S$2 million each year till March 2011.

MOM also said it is reducing its share of co-payment for related programmes by more than half from S$7,500 to S$3,500.

Mr Hawazi said this is because initiating workplace risk management projects are not as costly as previously expected, especially when several SMEs group together to organise training events.

Source: Channel News asia.


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Country Fatalities Fatalities per 100,000 employees
Austria 145 4.8
Belgium 41 2.4
Denmark 27 1.8
Finland 29 1.9
France 318 2.8
Germany 465 2.3
Greece 48 3.0
Ireland 52 3.2
Italy 427 2.8
Luxembourg 6 3.2
Netherlands 60 2.0
Portugal 285 7.6
Spain 365 3.7
Sweden 28 1.2
United Kingdom 182 1.1
European Union 2,478 2.5

Data from 2003

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the United States Department of Labor compiles information about the most dangerous jobs in the United States. The most recent information comes from the year 2000, during which 5,915 people died on the job.

Job Fatalities Fatalities per 100,000 employees
Timber cutters 105 122.1
Fishermen 52 108.3
Pilots 230 100.8
Structural metal workers 47 59.5
Extractive occupations 69 53.9
Roofers 65 30.2
Construction workers 288 28.3
Truck drivers 852 27.6
All occupations 5,915 4.3

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What is Confined Space?

June 10, 2007

Confined space is a term from laborsafety regulations that refers to an area whose cramped conditions make it dangerous. A confined space is any space: 1) that has limited or restricted means of entry or exit; 2) is large enough for a person to enter to perform tasks, and 3) is not designed or configured for continuous occupancy. [1] Confined spaces present special hazards to workers, including risks of toxic gas accumulation, fires, falls, flooding, and entrapment. A utility tunnel, the inside of a boiler (only accessible when the boiler is off), the inside of a fluid storage tank, and a small underground electrical vault could all be classified as confined spaces. Special labor regulations typically apply to confined spaces — employees are typically required to undergo special registration procedures to enter one, and are often required to wear special safety gear (respirators, helmets, etc.) depending on the hazards within. In the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration makes regulations with respect to confined spaces.

A subset of confined spaces are permit required confined spaces which are particularly hazardous due to one or more of the following:

  1. Contains or has the potential to contain a hazardous atmosphere
  2. Contains a material that has the potential for engulfing the entrant
  3. Has an internal configuration that might cause an entrant to be trapped or asphyxiated by inwardly converging walls or by a floor that slopes downward and tapers to a smaller cross section
  4. Contains any other recognized serious safety or health hazards.

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Risk analysis is the science of risks and their probability and evaluation.

The term cindynics (from the Greek kindunos, “danger”) has been proposed for this field. This term is used in France, but has not been widely adopted in the English-speaking world.

Probabilistic risk assessment is the analysis strategy usually employed in science and engineering.
As part of the risk management process risk analysis for each project should be performed. The data of which would be based on risk discussion workshops to identify potential issues and risks ahead of time before these were to pose cost and/ or schedule negative impacts.

The risk workshops should be chaired by a small group ideally between 6 to 10 individuals from the various departmental functions (e.g. project manager, construction manager, site superintendent, and representatives from operations, procurement, project controls, etc.) so as to cover every risk element from different perspectives.

The outcome of the risk analysis would be the creation/ review of the risk register to identify and quantify risk elements to the project and their potential impact.

Given that risk management is a continuous and iterative process, the risk workshop members would regroup on at regular intervals and project milestones to review the risk register mitigation plans, make changes to it as appropriate and following those changes re-run the risk model. By constantly monitoring risks these can be successfully mitigated resulting in a cost and schedule savings with a positive impact on the project.

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Common Safety Measures

June 2, 2007

Safety measures are activities and precautions taken to improve safety, i.e. reduce risk related to human health. Common safety measures include:

  • Visual examination for dangerous situations such as emergency exits blocked because they are being used as storage areas.
  • Visual examination for flaws such as cracks, peeling, loose connections.
  • Chemical analysis
  • X-ray analysis to see inside a sealed object such as a weld, a cement wall or an airplane outer skin.
  • Destructive testing of samples
  • Stress testing subjects a person or product to stresses in excess of those the person or product is designed to handle, to determining the “breaking point”.
  • Safety margins/Safety factors. For instance, a product rated to never be required to handle more than 200 pounds might be designed to fail under at least 400 pounds, a safety factor of two. Higher numbers are used in more sensitive applications such as medical or transit safety.
  • Implementation of standard protocols and procedures so that activities are conducted in a known way.
  • Training of employees, vendors, product users
  • Instruction manuals explaining how to use a product or perform an activity
  • Instructional videos demonstrating proper use of products
  • Examination of activities by specialists to minimize physical stress or increase productivity
  • Government regulation so suppliers know what standards their product is expected to meet.
  • Industry regulation so suppliers know what level of quality is expected. Industry regulation is often imposed to avoid potential government regulation.
  • Self-imposed regulation of various types.
  • Statements of Ethics by industry organizations or an individual company so its employees know what is expected of them.
  • Drug testing of employees, etc.
  • Physical examinations to determine whether a person has a physical condition that would create a problem.
  • Periodic evaluations of employees, departments, etc.
  • Geological surveys to determine whether land or water sources are polluted, how firm the ground is at a potential building site, etc.

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Safety is the state of being “safe” (from French sauf), the condition of being protected against physical, social, spiritual, financial, political, emotional, occupational, psychological, educational or other types or consequences of failure, damage, error, accidents, harm or any other event which could be considered not desirable. Protection is from both the cause and from exposure to something that is not safe. It can include physical protection or that of possessions. Safety is often in relation to some guarantee of a standard of insurance to the quality and unharmful function of a thing or organization. It is used in order to ensure that the thing or organization will do only what it is wanted to do.

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  • Environmental Health Safety

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1. Management Systems: Consultancy, Auditing & Training (Establish, Develop & Implement) on

  • ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System
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  • ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System
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  • Process Safety Management System (PSM)
  • BS 8800
  • API 750
  • Singapore Safety Management System Models (SMS, Ministry of Manpower Models)

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2. Integrated System:

  • ISO 14001
  • OHSAS 18001
  • ISO 9001
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3. Audits Management Audit:

  • 14001 Environmental, Health & Safety and Quality Management System Audit

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  • Waste Minimization Audit
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  • 14001 QEHS Consulting Services
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  • 14001 SMS Submission
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  • 14001 Environmental Control Programme (Establish, Develop and Implement)

6. Safety:

  • Quantified Risk Analysis(QRA)
  • 14001 Confined Space Safety (Testing & Certification)
  • 9001 Industrial Safety & Safety Engineering
  • 9001 Emergency Planning
  • 9001 Process Safety
  • 9001 Behavioral Based Safety
  • 9001 Accident Investigation

7. Health and Hygiene:

  • 9001 Noise Monitoring and Control Services
  • 9001 Chemical Safety
  • 9001 MSDS Services
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  • 9001 Industrial Hygiene and Industrial Hygiene Engineering
  • 9001 Ventilation
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  • Pollution Prevention
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  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Air Pollution Control
  • Toxic Waste, Hazardous Substances
  • Environmental Health Safety

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SINGAPORE : Three workers sustained minor injuries and were sent to the hospital after a 23-metre scaffolding at Vivocity construction site collapsed suddenly around 9.30pm on Thursday.

The contractor Penta Ocean said 11 workers were there when the scaffolding gave way.

All were wearing harnesses and the three who were hurt fell from some 8 metres.

The rest of the workers managed to crawl out to safety.

Civil Defence officers called off the operation over an hour later when all the workers were accounted for.

It is believed those injured were spraying mortar on the facade of the building to construct a feature wall due to be completed in 10 days.

The scaffolding, made of galvanised steel, had been put up some two months ago.

Vivocity touted as Singapore’s largest shopping mall is scheduled to open later this year and it is unclear when construction work can start again after this incident.

Shae Hung Yee, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Mapletree Investments, said: “At this point we don’t know what the impact will be. MOM (Manpower Ministry) has to investigate but hopefully it won’t impact us that much but we have to let investigation take place and then find out from them.”