New safety rules should kick in sooner, many say
Ng Kai Ling & Daryl Chin
Wed, Jun 23, 2010
The Straits Times


WITH three workers killed and more than a dozen injured in yesterday's accident, questions have once again been raised about the adequacy of the measures taken to ensure their safety to and from their worksites.

Members of Parliament and representatives of worker-welfare groups, when reacting to news of the accident, asked, for example, why employers who transport their workers on the backs of lorries should be given until 2012 to comply with the stepped-up safety measures.

In fact, Madam Halimah Yacob - who chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee (GPC) for Manpower - wants to know why employers should even be allowed to use lorries, which are goods vehicles.

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