We’ve just heard another sad news from the WSH Council about a workplace fatality caused by a fall from height.
“On 26 November 2019 around 8:55am, a worker was within a cargo hold of a vessel under repair, when he fell over the edge of a deck within the cargo hold to its bottom. The height of fall was about 9.3 metres. He was conveyed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The Ministry of Manpower has commenced investigations into the accident. They reminded us that all employers, contractors and workers performing work at height have to take the necessary precautions and measures to protect themselves from fall from height risks.
A Fall Prevention Plan must be established and control measures (e.g. guardrails or travel restraint systems) implemented to eliminate or reduce the risk of falls prior to work commencement. We need to ensure that all work areas are sufficiently illuminated and free of slips, trips and falls hazards.