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Work @ Heights ProBE


Rationale for the Programme

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.

Rationale for the Programme

Engaging the Industry

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:

  • SCAL Construction Safety Seminar
  • ‘Preparing You for ProBE' Seminar

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:

Keynote Address pdf Download (25 Kb)
ProBE Priority Programme 2006 – Falling from Height pdf Download (1477 Kb)
Safety while Working at Heights pdf Download (3049 Kb)
Case Studies pdf Download (1014 Kb)
Fall Protection Solutions pdf Download (1422 Kb)

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:

5A-Way to Safety by Professor Krishnamurthy pdf Download (1027 Kb)

FFH Dialogue Session for the Construction Industry:

Keynote Address pdf Download (34 Kb)
Overview of OSH Accident Statistics and Trends Involving Falls from Heights pdf Download (966 Kb)
Case Studies of Accidents (Construction) pdf Download (1386 Kb)

FFH Dialogue Session for the Manufacturing Industry:

Overview of OSH Accident Statistics and Trends Involving Falls from Heights pdf Download (1202 Kb)
Case Studies of Accidents (Manufacturing) pdf Download (624 Kb)
Sharing of Working at Heights Best Practices pdf Download (1116 Kb)

FFH Dialogue Session for the Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing Industry:

Keynote Address pdf Download (34 Kb)
Overview of OSH Accident Statistics and Trends Involving Falls from Heights pdf Download (1579 Kb)
Case Studies of Accidents (Shipbuilding and Ship-repairing) pdf Download (2240 Kb)

Compliance Assistance

Operations
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.

Compliance Assistance Checklist pdf Download (53 Kb)

Technical Advisory
A technical advisory on falling from height has been issued to help stakeholders better understand:

  • Key requirements on measures to prevent falls
  • Common contraventions and case studies
  • Methods of fall prevention and management
View the Technical Advisory for Falling from Height pdf Download (739 Kb)

Other Resources

ProBE Technical Advisory for Scaffolds pdf Download (573Kb)

Singapore Standards:

  • SS 292 Safety Nets for Construction Sites
  • SS 402 Specification for Industrial Safety Belts and Harness; Part 1: General Requirements
  • SS 402 Specification for Industrial Safety Belts and Harness; Part 2: Permanent Anchors

Singapore Standards are available from:

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Last updated on 27 March 2013 03:24:01