Circular No: WSH/178/08/WH
5 August 2020
Call to Conduct Safety Review for Resumption of Work
As more construction works are gradually restarting, SCAL would like to urge members to conduct a thorough safety review exercise before resumption of work and ensure adequate supervision provided for all work activities.
After an extended period of shutdown of construction sites, there will invariably be potential hazards during restart of site operations.
This exercise should take stock and review construction activities to ensure safe operations. It should include, but not limited to areas such as:
- Stability of structures and supports such as climbing formwork, hanging formworks, safety screens, etc
- Scaffolds including cantilever supports and suspended scaffolds
- Inspection and functionality test of tower cranes, crawler cranes, plant and machinery
- Stability of strutting and shoring for excavations and trenches
- Working at height and lifting activities
- Rigidity of all barricades and covers to floor openings
- Temporary Electrical Installations
- Vehicular and human access in the workplace
- Transportation of workers
- Storage of materials including hazardous chemicals
- Environmental hygiene and pests control issues
- Workers acclimatisation to hot weather after the long break
To help guide the industry in implementing the safety exercise, the WSH Council has developed checklists for your reference at the table below.
Step up Mosquito Preventive Efforts on Site
- The National Environment Agency (NEA) has reported that we are facing one of the worst dengue outbreaks this year. Contractors are urged to maintain vector control efforts in their premises and to implement the following measures:
- Remove all unwanted items, organic waste and water-bearing receptacles daily
- Construction/Demolition waste to be removed on a regular basis
- Ensure building materials are properly stored under shelter to prevent accumulation of water
- Ensure drains are desilted weekly and continually maintained to prevent stagnation of water
- Identify long term and sustainable measures e.g. repair structural defects within properties which could lead to stagnation of water
- Level uneven ground to prevent water puddles
- Stagnant water in lorry bed and pails on the tipper trucks / lorries
- Add sand granular insecticide or BTI to stagnant water bodies that cannot be removed
- Ensure proper refuse management and to advocate a daily housekeeping regime
- Ensure proper housekeeping within site and CTQ
- Engage a licensed vector control operator to carry out vector inspections and treatment covering the entire site at least once a week
Despite these difficult times, workplace safety and health should still remain a top priority at project sites as construction activities resume.
Thank you for your cooperation.