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Demerit points system for construction sector

Contractors in the construction sector can be given demerit points for breaching the Workplace Safety and Health Act. The number of demerit points awarded depends on the severity of the breach.

All main and sub-contractors in the construction sector will be issued with demerit points for breaches under the Workplace Safety and Health Act and relevant subsidiary legislation.

Under the single-stage Demerit Points System (DPS) for the Construction Industry, the number of demerit points awarded depends on the severity of the infringement. An accumulation of a minimum of 25 demerit points would immediately trigger debarment for the contractor. Applications from the company for all types of work passes for foreign employees will be rejected by MOM. The accumulation of more demerit points will result in longer periods of debarment.

Contractors that have been issued with demerit points will be informed by MOM in writing. Each demerit point is valid for 18 months.

List of contractors with demerit points

List of contractors with demerit points

How demerit points are issued

The number of demerit points issued to contractors will be based on the severity of the offences committed:

Type of Incident Number of demerit points
Composition fines 1 point per fine, from the fourth fine onwards.
Stop Work Order (Partial) 5
Stop Work Order (Full) 10
Prosecution action taken for accident that led to serious injuries to any person 18
Prosecution action taken for dangerous occurrence (potential for multiple fatalities) 18
Prosecution action taken for accident that led to death of one person 25
Prosecution action taken for accident that led to death of more than one person 50

Demerit points for a contractor are calculated by adding the points accumulated from all the worksites under the same contractor.

What penalties will be imposed

Contractors, including all main and sub-contractors who accumulates a pre-determined number of demerit points within an 18-month period, will be debarred from employing foreign workers. The following table indicates the scope and duration of debarment for the accumulated demerit points.

Phase Demerit Points accumulated within 18-month period Allowed to hire new workers Allowed to renew existing workers Duration of debarment
1 25 to 49 No Yes 3 months
2 50 to 74 No Yes 6 months
3 75 to 99 No Yes 1 year
4 100 to 124 No Yes 2 years
5 125 and above No No 2 years

For clarifications, you can make an enquiry online.

List of factories and work-sites issued with Stop Work Orders

List of factories and work-sites issued with Stop Work Orders

Last Updated: 27 October 2016