Worksite accidents on the rise -- yet where's the safety harness for these men?

Submitted by Stomper Alan

Stomper Alan was alarmed when he saw photos of workers walking unharnessed on the roof of Block 201E Tampines Street 23 yesterday (Sep 25).

The workers were on the rooftop of the building to remove a dislodged concrete sunshade that had given way.

Read also: Police cordons off area as concrete sunshade almost comes crashing down at Tampines Blk 201E

However, it is concerning to see them work without any harness attached to them.

Just last month, Stomp reported on the death of a construction worker from China who fell seven storeys at a worksite at Woodlands Close on Aug 28.

A 22-year-old man from Bangladesh was killed in another worksite accident in May when a metal beam fell off a passing lorry and hit him.

The Straits Times reported today that the death toll for workplace accidents in the first half of 2016 is 40% more than the same period last year.

The bulk of these were falls, which accounted for 16 deaths.

These incidents beg the question if contractors are putting in place the adequate safety measures to avoid such accidents from happening.

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