Sunday, March 13, 2011

Safety of Workers in Singapore

I've seen many construction workers in Singapore with swollen fingers, and really bad skin. They attribute it to bad skin, and part of job hazard, and I was shocked to see that even today, in 2011, these workers are painting railings in the middle of the roads with cotton gloves.

YES -- Wearing nothing but cotton gloves with their bare hands and soaking their hands in paint, and painting the grills. At the end of the day, the workers wash their hands in thinner and water and call it a day.

I do not see the use of gloves when some workers today in Toa Payoh are smoothening cement on the floor, and as I recall, it is not safe to handle cement on bare hands. I remember checking safety codes in other countries on this, and skin protection is essential.

Perhaps its the mentality of Singaporeans that these cheap foreign workers cost less than gloves, but I feel strongly that these people are being exploited.

With the high cost of medical fees, and construction, these workers work in hazardous conditions which eventually cost them a lot in future medical treatment, yet they are paid miserable amounts of money.

With the government's push to be better, cheaper and more efficient, is safety overlooked?

Although life is not fair -- exploiting people is not right.

-- Iron Bowl

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