20 Jan '11, 4am

Singapore's workplace fatality rate falls to new low

SINGAPORE: Singapore's workplace fatality rate has fallen to a new low of 2.2 per 100,000 workers, from 2.9 in 2009. This was announced by Manpower Minister, Gan Kim Yong, at the bizSAFE convention on Thursday morning. However, Mr Gan said that each of the 54 workplace fatalities last year is a sombre reminder that there is still much that needs to be done. "Experience tells us that workplace accidents are costly, involving man-hour losses and temporary stop-work orders that impact productivity. Only by taking steps such as risk assessments from the on-set to mitigate workplace risks can we effectively prevent accidents and save lives," said Mr Gan. To help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) put in place effective risk management, the government will top up the Risk Management Assistance Fund (RMAF) with a further S$11 million to target 16 new sectors. These include...

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