News Recap

News Recap - 30 May to 05 Jun

05 Jun 2020

1. Employers seeking levy rebates must let MOM deploy foreign workers

Employers will have to let the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) move their foreign workers to different dormitories or work at another company in need of manpower, in order to get the foreign worker levy rebates announced in the Fortitude Budget.

In a statement given last Saturday, MOM said that in view of the support given, employers must also continue paying the salaries of foreign workers who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 situation.


2. Work pass holders urged to follow safe distancing rules or risk having pass revoked

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) stated on 1 June 2020, Monday, that it would be taking actions against work pass holders caught flouting COVID-19 measures.

Measures include wearing a mask in public and observing safe distancing rules. MOM said that Singaporeans and foreigners alike have been penalised for flouting the rules.

MOM reminded work pass holders (foreigners holding EPs, S passes and work permits) to take the rules seriously for their own protection and for the safety of the community.


3. Three workplaces asked to stop operations for not adhering to SMM

Three workplaces have been asked to cease operations for not putting in place adequate safe management measures (SMM) to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The three workplaces were among more than 200 inspected by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) over the last two days, as businesses resumed operations following Singapore’s exiting of the “circuit breaker” on 1 June 2020, Monday.
MOM first shared its requirements for SMM at the workplace on 9 May 2020.

The three workplaces censured did not ensure that adequate SMM were put in place, which include instructing all employees to return to work in the office, instead of making provisions to allow employees to continue working from home.


4. WSH Alert Accident Advisory

There were 4 advisories issues by the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council between last Saturday and today.

Working safely at height after Circuit Breaker

Working at height has always been a key concern for workplace safety and health (WSH).

From 2 June 2020, Singapore has gradually reopened its economic activities and allowed selected businesses to resume operations. This resumption of work includes construction projects that cannot be left unattended and or are time sensitive, such as, suspended residential renovation works.

In the impending resumption of construction activities, the WSH Council urges employers to remind their workers on the importance of safety when working at height, including workers operating Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), Mast Climbing Work Platforms (MCWPs) and/or construction hoists.

Please click here to read the full bulletin

Accident Notification: Worker caught between lorry and forklift

On 28 May 2020, a worker was within his forklift, attempting to open the door of a lorry that was beside his forklift, when the forklift suddenly reversed, trapping the worker between the door of the lorry and the chassis of the forklift. The injured worker was conveyed to the hospital where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Please click here to read the full notification.

Accident Advisory: Worker fatally injured by machine door

On 24 February 2020, two workers were on a work platform carrying out maintenance works on a scrap metal machine when the overhead door closed downwards and struck both of them. One worker was fatally pinned between the door and the work platform. The other worker sustained minor injuries.

Please click here to read the recommendations and risks assessments.

Accident Advisory: Worker fell from aircraft during maintenance work

On 22 December 2019, a worker overseeing maintenance works on an aircraft fell from the door of the aircraft to the ground. The worker was sent to the hospital where he subsequently succumbed to his injuries on 3 January 2020.

Please click here to read the recommendations and risks assessments.

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