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Fewer Workplace Fatalities and Injuries in First Half 2017

Vehicular-related incidents leading cause of fatal injuries

There were 19 workplace fatalities in 1H 2017, down from 24 in 2H 2016, and 42 in 1H 2016. The manufacturing sector was the top contributor to workplace fatalities (5 cases) followed by construction sector (2 cases). There were fewer workplace injuries in 1H 2017 (6,151) compared to 2H 2016 (6,769) and 1H 2016 (6,245). However, the number of confirmed Occupational Disease cases increased from 341 cases in 2H 2016 to 467 cases in 1H 2017.

Table 1: Number of workplace incidents

1H 2016

2H 2016

1H 2017p

Overall Workplace Injuries

6,245

6,769

6,151

Fatal Injuries

42

24

19

Major Injuries

289

305

268

Minor Injuries

5,914

6,440

5,864

Dangerous Occurrences

26

19

19

Occupational Diseases (OD)

391

341

467

1H 2017p: 1H 2017 figures are preliminary

Overview of workplace injuries & occupational diseases

2The manufacturing sector accounted for the highest number (1,431 cases) of workplace injuries and occupational diseases. This was followed by the construction, accommodation and food service activities, and transportation and storage sectors. In total, these four sectors accounted for 54% of workplace injuries (3,300 out of 6,151) and 73% of the occupational diseases (340 out of 467) in 1H 2017.  

 

Table 2: Sectors with the most number of workplace injuries and occupational diseases 1H 2017

Manufacturing

Construction

Accommodation and Food Service Activities

Transportation and Storage

Overall Workplace Injuries

1,247

955

570

528

Fatal Injuries

5

2

1

3

Major Injuries

60

47

27

25

Minor Injuries

1,182

906

542

500

Occupational Diseases (OD)

184

71

32

53

 

3Vehicular-related incidents and Falls continued to be the top causes of workplace fatalities. There were 7 fatalities from vehicular-related incidents in 1H 2017, down from 12 in 2H 2016.  There were 4 fatalities from falls in 1H 2017, up from 3 in 2H 2016. The other causes of fatalities included fires/explosions, drowning, collapse of formwork, struck by falling objects, struck by moving objects (excluding vehicles), exposure to extreme temperatures and exposure to hazardous substances.

Table 3: Leading causes of fatal injuries in 1H 2017

1H 2016

2H 2016

1H 2017

Vehicular-related Incidents

10

12

7

Falls

Falls from Heights

Slips, Trips & Falls


11

5


2

1


2

2

Fires & Explosions

0

0

2

4Falls was also the top cause of major injuries in 1H 2017 with 111 cases, or 41% of all major injuries, even though there was a reduction of 14% in the number of cases from 2H 2016.

Table 4: Leading causes of major injuries, in 1H 2017

1H 2016

2H 2016

1H 2017

Falls

Falls from Heights

Slips, Trips & Falls


34
83


39

90


35
76

Caught In/Between Objects (excluding vehicular-related)

28

28

25

Exposure to Extreme Temperature

13

17

22

Vehicular-related Incidents

28

22

20

5The top three Occupational Diseases in 1H 2017 were Noise Induced Deafness (NID), Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders and Occupational Skin Diseases. NID cases rose by 84% to 195 cases from the 106 cases in 2H 2016, accounting for 42% of Occupational Diseases in 1H 2017. The number of cases of Occupational Skin Disease doubled, likely due to greater awareness of reporting requirements. MOM will continue outreach efforts to engage industries in managing their health hazards.

Table 5: Top Three Occupational Diseases

1H 2016

2H 2016

1H 2017

Noise Induced Deafness

216

106

195

Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders

142

174

179

Occupational Skin Disease

26

21

50

6Executive Director of Workplace Safety & Health Institute, Dr Gan Siok Lin commented, “While the number of fatalities had dropped compared to 1H 2016, we should continue to be vigilant. There is a need for added focus on vehicular safety given the higher incidence of fatality due to vehicular-related incidents. The increase in Occupational Disease cases also suggests that more effort is needed to manage health hazards in the workplace. I would like to remind employers and workers to focus on improving risk communication, supervision and work coordination as our analysis of fatal and major injuries had revealed these to be the main gaps.”

Enforcement Operations

7In 1H 2017, MOM conducted over 2,800 inspections.  400 of these inspections focused on workplace traffic management practices in warehouses, storage yards, factories and construction sites. Another 400 targeted work at height activities in the construction, manufacturing, marine & transport and storage industries.

8Arising from these inspections, 4,300 Workplace Safety and Health violations were uncovered and 28 Stop-Work Orders (SWO) issued. The average duration of SWOs issued was 4 weeks. Composition fines amounting to a total of $500,000 were imposed on 190 companies during this period.  The three top violations were work at height-related (25%), unsafe storage and improper housekeeping (25%) and poor machine safety (15%).

Upcoming Enforcement Operations

9In 2H 2017, MOM’s inspections will target three areas: (a) vehicular safety in the construction, logistics and transport sector; (b) fall from heights, slips, trips and falls in the construction, marine and manufacturing sectors, and (c) machinery safety in the construction and manufacturing sector.  


 

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Najid Sultan

Corporate Communications Department

Tel: 6317 1507

Email: najid_sultan@mom.gov.sg

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