MOM says: “Safety should never be taken for granted”
In a press release dated 17 May 2017, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced that Commonwealth Culinary Creations Pte Ltd (CCCPL) was fined S$90,000 under section 11(a) of the Workplace Safety and Health Act for failure to ensure that its workplace is safe and without health risks to every person within the premises, which caused the death of an employee who slipped on the production floor on 21 August 2015.
MOM’s investigations revealed that CCCPL had failed to:
1. Keep floor conditions safe;
2. Provide anti-slip floor mats; and
3. Install warning signs.
None of the three precautionary safety measures mentioned above which should have been put in place to ensure workplace safety are novel or require excessive effort. Yet it is often precisely the most obvious of measures that are taken for granted. The consequence is unnecessary injury (or in this case, loss of life) for the employee and damage to the company’s reputation and finances. Borrowing from MOM’s press release: “Safety should never be taken for granted.”