Unsafe work-at-height practices

Unsafe work-at-height practices
A getai stage in Yishun Avenue 2 and the crowd watching the performance at a field opposite Khatib MRT.

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Manpower's efforts to ensure that its work-at-height regulations are observed by those in the construction and high-risk industries are commendable ("Working at heights: Fewer safety lapses found"; July 2).

However, one area it seems to have overlooked is the erection of giant tents for social events.

I have observed workers in this industry climbing and even walking across thin metal frames up to 5m high, without safety equipment. Any fall could possibly be fatal.

Mobile boom lifts or cherry pickers could have been used to raise them to that height.

The workers may have years of experience, but employers should realise that accidents can happen at any time and should take the necessary precautions.

Such unsafe practices have been going on for years, and are particularly rampant during the National Day and Hungry Ghost Festival celebrations, when many community events are held.

We should not wait for a fatality to happen before acting.

Tan Thian Huat

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