MOM to target construction site lapses

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and construction industry must review and prevent lapses in the building process for support structures, said Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, in the wake of at least seven construction site accidents in January.

"Accidents normally happen when there are lapses," he told reporters after a visit on Thursday to a worksite behind Palawan Beach on Sentosa, where a supporting structure collapsed and left 10 men injured and one dead on Wednesday.

The incident was the third construction site accident reported this week and the sixth this month. Of these, five were related to formwork structures, which are typically made of metal and support the mould into which concrete is poured.

A seventh worksite accident took place on Wednesday afternoon in Kallang, where the new National Stadium is being built.

While the ministry is still investigating the cases, Mr Tan had questions about how the building of support structures was done.

He wondered about things like whether the structures were designed correctly, whether the installation was done properly, and if the right people were trained.

All work at the Sentosa site, which is for a family entertainment centre by construction firm Debenho, has been halted due to safety lapses, said Mr Tan.

An MOM spokesman said initial findings showed safety lapses such as gaps in safety barriers and poor housekeeping.

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