Case Study 3

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A plastics company was fined $220,000 on June 21 2016 over the death of its storeman at a warehouse last year.

Dawn Plastic Industries, which supplies plastic products pleaded guilty to one charge under the Workplace Safety and Health Act.

The company had failed to take adequate safety measures for work carried out by its employees, in relation to loading and unloading goods from storage racks at its warehouse in Bukit Batok Street 23.

Investigations revealed that their employees had to climb up high levels at the warehouse using unsecured ladders. They also had to stand at the edges of storage racks at high levels.

But there were no guard-rails or safety barriers to prevent workers from falling from a high level, even though such rails or barriers are required in areas where employees are likely to fall by more than 2m.

Among other things, Dawn Plastics failed to ensure that a risk assessment had been done, and safe work procedures established for its warehousing activities.

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