The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) revealed in a Facebook post on Feb. 24 that a series of 400 inspections were conducted between mid-December 2020 and mid-February 2021.
The inspections were launched after a spate of workplace accidents in November and December of 2020.
Part of MOM's "Operation Robin", the inspections targeted "high risk industries" such as construction, manufacturing, and marine.
A common offence committed by the errant companies was their failure to maintain the control panel and information labels on machinery, affecting the safe operation of the machinery.
Offences relating to work at heights
MOM said that its inspections also revealed offences relating to work at heights.
486 contraventions and seven Stop-Work Orders
The 400 inspections resulted in MOM uncovering 486 contraventions.
The ministry also issued seven companies Stop-Work Orders (SWO).
For example, Kian Hua Hardware Pte Ltd was highlighted by MOM to have forklifts that were "not effectively managed and controlled".
Other issues observed at the workplace included unsafe electrical installations, unsafe stacking and storage as well as the lack of machine guarding.
Another company issued with a SWO was Mass Engineering Pte Ltd, where MOM found that excavators were poorly maintained.
Other findings leading to the SWO included unsafe electrical installations and unsafe stockpiling of debris, said MOM.
Additional 300 inspections
MOM said that the operation would be extended to cover another 300 inspections till mid-March 2021, in response to the fatal accidents in February 2021.
There have already been seven fatal workplace accidents in Singapore this month, said Senior Minister of State for Manpower Zaqy Mohamad on Monday (Feb. 22), calling it a "worrying trend for the year ahead".
MOM said that it would place "greater focus on tackling the common infringements found of work-at-heights risk and safe use of machinery."
Top photo via MOM on Facebook