In Singapore, the workplace or sites is governed by the Commissioner for Workplace Safety and Health. The Commissioner has the authority to inspect the workplace and if there is any non-compliance to safety aspects in the job site, they have the definite right to issue three kinds of Orders below;
The Remedial Orderis issued by the Commissioner which requires the employer or occupier to eliminate the workplace risk or comply with a safe work practice.
Person failure to comply will result a maximum fine of S$50,000 and/or maximum imprisonment of 12 months. If the employer or occupier continues after the conviction, an additional of S$5,000 will be fined daily.
Stop Work Order
When the Commissioner inspect and found out a unsafe act that could be immediate danger to workers and/or public, they can cease the specified work until the employer / occupier carried out adequate safety measures. Depending on the scope of unsafe work, Stop Work Order can means a stop in a specified work or applies to the entire construction site. It would be definitely a time loss for the employer / occupiers.
Person failure to comply will result a maximum fine of S$500,000 and/or maximum imprisonment of 12 months. If the employer or occupier continues after the conviction, ad additional of S$20,000 will be fine daily.
Depending on the type of offences committed, the fine can be determined at the Commissioner’s discretion.
The fine amount will be a sum not more than half the maximum fine prescribed or S$5,000, which ever is lower. Prosecution actions will be taken if the fine is not clear timely.