WSH Symposium on Cranes 2021

23 Nov 2021 Symposium Past Event Lifting Construction and Landscape , Marine

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    14 Oct 2021

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    9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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WSH Symposium on Cranes focuses on safe lifting operations in the new normal 

Themed “Ensuring Safe Lifting Operations in Workplaces and a Healthy Workforce, in the New Normal”, the annual Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Symposium on Cranes was held on 14 October 2021. Close to 900 participants attended the virtual event which aimed to raise WSH standards and professionalism in the crane and lifting community, and share best practices and the latest developments in technology, capacity building, and health and well-being.  

In his opening address, Mr John Ng, Chairman of the WSH Council, said crane-related fatalities was amongst key concerns facing Singapore back in 2009. Following efforts by the WSH Council (Crane and Lifting) Taskforce with strong support from the tripartite partners, the number of crane-related fatalities dropped from 10 cases in 2009 to one in 2019. 

He urged the industry to continue its efforts for zero crane-related dangerous occurrences through the WSH 2028 strategies:

1) Strengthening WSH Ownership by instilling a right mindset and fostering a culture of care within the organisation. To aid the industry in deepening its risk management capabilities, he announced the upcoming release of a new Lifting Supervisor Assessment Guide, which will be launched by the first quarter of 2022.

2) Enhancing focus on Workplace Health so that the industry can manage and conduct safer crane lifting operations, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as work responsibilities of the crane operators are physically and mentally demanding.

3) Promoting Technology-Enabled WSH such as the Stability Control System for lorry cranes, and data loggers for mobile and crawler cranes. Such technologies have proven to be effective in making crane operations safer. 

The Symposium concluded with a lively and candid Question and Answer session, where the speakers addressed pertinent WSH issues faced by participants at their workplaces.   
Download the presentation slides below. 

For more information or to sign up for the Safe Lifting Clinic, please contact the Singapore Institution of Safety Officers at 6777 5185 or 

Visit the WSH Council website for more information about safe lifting operations and take time to take care of the safety and health of your crane operators.

Read Opening Address by Mr John Ng Chairman WSH Council at the WSH Symposium on Cranes 2021.

 Visit WSH Council website for more information about Total WSH Programme or the iWorkHealth to improve the mental well-being of workers in your company.