79 companies fined or warned for unsafe crane operations

79 companies fined or warned for unsafe crane operations

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has taken action against 79 companies for unsafe lifting practices and crane operations.

A total of 80 work sites were inspected by MOM's Occupational Safety and Health Division, and 194 crane-related contraventions of the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Act were uncovered.

Of these contraventions, 98 resulted in fines that totalled more than $95,000, said MOM in a statement on Monday.

The top five non-compliance by construction companies included failure to establish and implement a proper lifting plan and using defective lifting gear or lifting gear that had not been examined by an authorised examiner.

In the findings, crane safety remained the top safety concern.

Ho Siong Hin, MOM's Commissioner for WSH said: "Besides the safe deployment of cranes, crane owners and occupiers have the responsibility to ensure that their cranes and lifting operations do not endanger workers or the public.

"MOM will take stern action against errant crane companies and occupiers. All occupiers and crane owners ought to put in place robust maintenance regimes and safety systems so that we can put an end to unsafe lifting operations," he added.


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