Work-related deaths and injuries have been on the rise in Singapore. There were 46 workplace fatal injuries in 2022. This translated to a fatal injury rate of 1.3 per 100,000 workers in 2022, which is higher than the rate of 1.1 per 100,000 workers in 2021.1
Whatever the scope of the job — whether it is cleaning services for a building's exterior or replacing the roof of a house — working on a construction site presents the risk of grave injury from an accidental trip or a steep downward plummet. Preventing such falls is critical to improving workplace safety. Construction workers deserve to work in an industry that prioritises safety; here are some best practices to help mitigate the danger of falls at your worksites.
While, ultimately, it’s the responsibility of management to ensure a safe worksite, everyone at a worksite has a role to play. At the outset of any project, it’s important to:
As management can’t have eyes everywhere, workers need to look out for each other’s well-being. Encourage your crews to observe their work area closely and immediately report unsafe conditions – such as unprotected floor openings – or safety equipment that is damaged or being improperly used by colleagues.
Prevention is the best “cure” for construction site falls and resulting injuries or fatalities, so proactive, fall specific plans are as important as hard hats. These should be regularly audited and updated; to start:
Require attendance at fall prevention and protection training on equipment and procedures. Consider the following when planning instruction:
Despite everyone’s best efforts, accidents do happen. When a fall does occur, everyone needs to know what immediate actions to take. An effective plan will outline emergency procedures, medical information, and communication protocols to ensure that injured workers receive treatment as soon as possible.
Also require an accident investigation after any incidents to understand what went wrong and prevent a repeat occurrence.
The construction industry is kicking into full gear and remobilising their workforces following the COVID-19 pandemic.
All businesses must take steps to safeguard the health of their employees, such as ensuring social distancing and requiring the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). However, this “new normal” at construction sites poses its own set of safety challenges — slip, trip, and fall risks may be exacerbated by:
Take steps to reorient workers to the construction site, review any changes at the site following shut-down, and provide reminders or refresher training about fall protection measures.
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