A Singapore construction firm recently received a hefty fine of S$170,000 after a worker sustained a traumatic brain injury

1. SINGAPORE: Construction company EC Builders has been fined S$170,000 over safety lapses that led to one of its employees suffering a serious injury in a 2019 worksite accident.

2. The company was sentenced on Dec 9 under the Workplace Safety and Health Act.

3. The incident occurred on Aug 1, 2019, when Ali Mohammad Sohag, a construction worker employed by EC Builders, was instructed by his supervisor to inspect and tighten lifelines at a worksite.

4. “In the course of his work, he walked on top of steel bars that were placed on a formwork structure,” MOM said.

5. “He was not anchored to a lifeline, and subsequently slipped and fell from a height of 12m.

6. He was conveyed to Changi General Hospital and diagnosed with traumatic brain injury.

7. MOM’s investigations found that EC Builders had failed to ensure that Ali had the relevant training and instruction regarding the installation of lifelines.

8. Additionally, MOM found that EC Builders failed to ensure that Ali was properly supervised when he was tightening the lifelines.

9. “Providing a safe work environment is a basic responsibility of all employers. Employers must ensure that safe work measures are in place to mitigate risks, especially those that could result in fatalities or major injuries,” the ministry said.

10. “Workers must also keep a lookout for themselves and their co-workers.

11. In the case of EC Builders Pte Ltd, there was a lack of basic safety precautions and respect for safety standards and requirements. As a result, a worker was seriously injured.”


The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety measures in the construction industry. The worker was reportedly injured due to the lack of safety standards and a failure to install proper safety equipment. The company was found guilty of failing to provide a safe working environment and was fined accordingly. This incident highlights the need for companies to take safety seriously, as any negligence can have serious consequences for workers. Companies should ensure that all safety protocols are adhered to, and that workers are provided with all the necessary equipment to ensure their safety. In doing so, companies can protect their workers from preventable accidents and ensure a safe working environment.


Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/mom-construction-company-ec-builders-fined-over-safety-lapses-3181961?fbclid=IwAR3JrzO6GESimsfjv7f3Ev_6mgHpVJVXsjZPako2kdafge3jFVEqixB44aE

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