Construction materials regulations changed

Recurring safety offenses were revealed at the Hillview Peak workplace on three separate incidents.

The Kingsford Construction has been charged $130,000 for numerous, recurring safety offenses at its Upper Bukit Timah location, exposed the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

The construction company was functioning construction works at the respected Hillview Peak condominium, mentioned the Channel News Asia in a report.

In June 2016, Ministry of Manpower’s Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate revealed very similar safety offenses committed by the firm throughout two preceding checkups in 2014 and 2015.

The offenses, between others, contained within open sides that were not secured by guardrails or barriers, the stairways that had no reserve emergency lighting just in case of a shutdown and power failure as well as stairways with no railings.

Kingsford was delivered a SWO (stop-work order) and penalized $10,000 in 2014. For the similar offenses revealed in 2015, the company was charged $19,000 and allotted a partial stop-work order.

With its “recurring recalcitrant attitude and failures”, the firm was fined covered by the Workplace Safety and Health Act for its disappointment to “take sensibly possible measures to guarantee the health and safety of its workers”, noted the ministry.

Mr. Chan Yew Kwong, the Ministry of Manpower’s director of Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate positively clarified that the ministry “pursued a heavy consequence due to Kingsford’s obvious disregard for safety and its recurring failures to obey with our regulatory requirements”.

“Companies should address the overall safety failures recognized throughout a Ministry of Manpower checkup and set up effective measures to avoid recurrence. They must not place their employees’ lives in danger and wait for an accident to occur before taking safety earnestly,” Chan Yew Kwong added.