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PIE work site accident: Investigation will focus on design, construction process, says MOM

SINGAPORE: The design and construction process of an¬†uncompleted viaduct¬†near the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) will be the focus of an investigation into why it collapsed in the early hours of Friday (Jul 14). One worker was killed and 10 others injured after the structure on which they were standing collapsed. “MOM officers from the Occupational Safety and Health Inspectorate have been onsite since this morning to conduct a thorough investigation which will focus on the design and construction process of the flyover,” Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan said inRead More

Foreign domestic workers to be better insured against accidents under new rules starting Oct 1

SINGAPORE – Employers will have to provide better insurance coverage for their foreign domestic workers, under new rules that kick in on Oct 1. They will need to buy personal accident insurance policies with coverage of at least $60,000, up from the current $40,000. Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan announced this on Sunday (May 7) along with other enhancements to personal accident insurance requirements for maids, during a May Day celebration organised for them by the labour movement. As a result of the increase in coverage of $20,000,Read More

7% less illegal immigrants arrested in 2015, more harbourers caught

SINGAPORE – There were seven per cent less illegal immigrants and overstayers arrested in Singapore last year, although there were more people arrested for harbouring or employing immigration offenders. The Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) which released its statistics on Friday (Feb 19), showed that 310 illegal immigrants and 1,591 overstayers were arrested last year – less than the 350 illegal immigrants and 1,690 overstayers who were apprehended in 2014. 416 harbourers and 91 errant employers were caught, representing a 59 per cent increase compared to the year before. TheRead More