National Work at Height Safety Taskforce
The National Work at Height Safety Taskforce was formed to address the concern of falls from heights (FFH) at workplaces. The taskforce is led by Mr Wong Wen Sun, President and CEO, Sembcorp Marine Ltd, with members from various stakeholder groups, including the government, industry and suppliers. It aims to take a more concerted effort to involve all stakeholders to bring the numbers of fatal falls at work down further.
The Taskforce outlined several targets, including:
- Halving current Work at Height fatality and injury rates by 2013 and further reduction by 2018
- Implementing Fall Protection Plans in all construction worksites and shipyards by 2012 and at all workplaces by 2015.
The National Work at Height Safety Taskforce made three key recommendations in its Safety Analysis Review of Work at Height.
- Build strong capabilities: The Taskforce recommends the implementation of Fall Protection Plans to manage Work at Height at a systemic level. The Taskforce and the WSH Council have introduced a new Code of Practice (CP) for Working Safely at Height and a new Work at Height Kit for supervisors and workers. The Taskforce will also develop national Work at Height competency standards.
- Promoting the benefits of WAH safety: The Taskforce will collaborate with relevant industry associations and partners to reach out to a wider audience, and promote the adoption of best practices. It will develop a new FALLPROTECT Certification/Recognition Scheme to certify the Fall Protection Plan of companies, and recognise their commitment to safety. The WSH Council will develop a dedicated webpage to provide a one-stop resource for Work at Height information.
- Enhancing the Intervention Framework for WAH: The Taskforce will work with various industry associations to introduce an “industry self-assessment” element. It will provide feedback to MOM on the review of existing legislation on Work at Height safety. MOM will also be looking at ways to extend enforcement reach to more workplaces.