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Step up efforts to promote work safety

CRANE ACCIDENTS

I refer to the report "Crane on lorry crashes into linkway" (The New Paper, July 21).

Lately, there has been a spate of crane accidents.

A report earlier this year, quoting the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council, said there were nine dangerous crane-related accidents between Jan 1 and April 5, with three of them occurring within 10 days.

And just over a month before the latest incident, on June 17, a linkway at Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 collapsed after a similar crane on a lorry crashed into it.

Fortunately, there were no injuries. But if this trend continues, it will be only a matter of time before there are casualties.

It appears that the emphasis on safety measures by the WSH Council has fallen on deaf ears.

The authorities should impose heavier penalties on those who violate safety regulations.

In order to get the message across, employers should also be held accountable for the actions of their employees when there are such accidents.

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