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Workplace fatalities dip to record low in 2014

SINGAPORE: The number of workplace fatalities fell to a record low in 2014, with a fatality rate of 1.8 per 100,000 employees, down from 2.3 the previous year, Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said on Thursday (Feb 5).

This translates into 60 deaths compared with 73 the previous year. However, the number of major and minor injuries at work rose, with 672 workers sustaining major injuries in 2014, up from 589 the previous year. The number of workers who sustained minor injuries rose to 12,863 from 11,253 in 2013.

Speaking at the annual bizSAFE conference, Mr Tan said the decline in fatalities was commendable but that efforts need to be sustained.

More efforts are also needed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) improve their risk management, he said. According to a Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Institute study, 63 per cent of SMEs in Singapore had insufficient expertise in WSH, and 59 per cent felt it was costly to implement WSH measures.

To help these SMEs improve workplace safety, the Government has launched a revised code of practice, which lays out principles and tips in undertaking risk management.

The WSH Council will also do more to help SMEs implement risk management this year, Mr Tan said. It has launched a step-by-step guide for SMEs to start on WSH, and will be introducing by the end of this year easy-to-understand collaterals on risk management such as a do-it-yourself guide, posters, a video, as well as a new training course.

The Manpower Ministry and WSH Council are also working to lighten the financial burden of SMEs implementing workplace safety initiatives, he said. For example, companies can tap on funding schemes to subsidise WSH training fees. The WSH Council also helps SMEs scan their workplaces for risks for free, he added.

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