Manpower ministry looking into spate of workplace deaths

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower is "extremely concerned" about the recent spate of workplace deaths, with 31 fatalities recorded since the start of 2022.

This compares to 37 for the whole of 2021, and 39 in 2019 when the pre-Covid economy was booming, according to Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad.

"We made good progress to reduce (the) fatal injury rate from 2.1 per 100,000 workers in 2012 to 1.1 per 100,000 workers last year," Zaqy said. "Our goal remains to reduce workplace fatalities to less than 1 per 100,000 workers by 2028 on a sustainable basis."

Zaqy said company leaders and board directors can be prosecuted if found to be culpable for safety lapses.

"We are putting managements and boards on notice, that the [Approved Code of Practice] is coming," Zaqy said.

The Approved Code of Practice for company directors' workplace safety and health duties will be gazetted later this year to strengthen management commitment to those standards.

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