Singapore raises maximum fines to $37K for workplace safety breaches

By VNA   May 27, 2024 | 08:25 pm PT
Singapore raises maximum fines to $37K for workplace safety breaches
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Maximum fines for workplace safety breaches in Singapore will increase from SGD20,000 (USS$14,500) to SGD50,000 (US$37,120) from Jun 1, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said Monday.

From next month, construction sites with a contract sum of SGD5 million or more have to install surveillance cameras at high-risk locations.

The increased sum is to act as a "stronger deterrence" against offenses under the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act Subsidiary Legislation that could result in death, serious injury or serious harm, said the ministry.

Such offenses include failing to provide suitable personal protective equipment and not warning of hazards that may cause serious harm.

According to the MOM, the increase in maximum fines is a proactive step towards strengthening ownership and accountability of WSH, particularly among senior company leadership who are responsible for shaping the safety culture at the workplace.

Regulations on work safety have been tightened after Singapore saw the workplace fatality rate fall below 1 per 100,000 workers in 2023, the first time it went under that mark apart from 2020 when work was disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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