Falls from height is the most dominant type of fatal industrial accident in Singapore, accounting for 34% of all fatal industrial accidents from 2002-2005.
The key focus of Programme-Based Engagement (ProBE) is to engage the industry as a partner in raising the competency and awareness of stakeholders for a common outcome – a safe workplace. The Falling from Height programme was highlighted at the following competency-building events and promotional activities:
The SCAL Construction Safety Seminar was held on 20 September 2006 by the Singapore Construction Association Ltd.
The 'Preparing You for ProBE' Seminar took place on 9 October 2006. It aimed to provide the industry with the necessary tools and information to ensure safety while working at height. Participants were introduced to the work of the Workplace Safety and Health Advisory Committee and updated on its work to date. Safety and health issues on falling from height were also addressed. The following materials were presented at the seminar:
In addition to the seminar, the Workplace Safety and Health Advisory Committee (WSHAC) also organized 3 separate dialogue sessions with the senior management staff from the Construction, Manufacturing, and Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Industries in January 2007 so as to better understand the specific risks and concerns faced by these industries with regard to Falling from Heights (FFH). A highlight of these sessions was the insightful sharing by our invited guest speaker, Professor Krishnamurthy on the importance of management commitment to OSH. Small group discussion sessions were also held in addition to the presentations for participants to share their concerns and develop action plans to improve working at height safety in their companies. The following materials were presented at the dialogue sessions:
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will begin the Operations Phase from March 2007. MOM inspectors will visit workplaces to look into measures that have been put in place to ensure safety while working at height.
A Compliance Assistance Checklist (Working at Height) has been designed to provide a general view of the basic compliance items while working at height.
A technical advisory on falling from height has been issued to help stakeholders better understand:
Singapore Standards are available from:
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