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Singapore decides to pay to boost safety

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THE SINGAPORE government is to launch an incentive scheme to boost safety in its construction industry, delegates at the World Tunnel Congress in Singapore heard last month.

Transport minister Yeo Cheow Tong said contractors with good safety performance will be rewarded an additional 0.5% of the contract sum, capped at a maximum of $544,000.

But those with poor safety performance may lose an equivalent amount off its contract value.

Yeo said: 'This new scheme will provide an added incentive for contractors to promote safe-work practices at their work sites.'

The move comes after last month's cave-in of a portion of Nicoll Highway which claimed four lives (NCEI June).

Investigations into the cause of the cave-in are continuing.

lSevere cracking has developed in a number of low-rise buildings along Upper Paya Lebar road close to the Nicoll Highway collapse. Affected structures have been shored up with steel beams and props and are being monitored by Singapore's Building & Construction Authority. Two vacant buildings have been declared unsafe 'but pose no danger to passers-by.'

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