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WSH Institute Solutioning Session: Preventing Crane-related Incidents

WSH Institute, in collaboration with the Ministry of Manpower and the WSH Council , organised the WSH Institute Solutioning Session on 16 September 2015. The session was organised to understand the challenges faced by stakeholders of the crane community in implementing WSH initiatives on the ground; and brainstorm for solutions to improve WSH performance of crane operations so as to prevent future crane collapses. To-date, there have been 17 cases compared to 12 for the entire 2014.

Who participated

The event was well-attended with about 50 participants representing 27 organisations from the crane community. These organisations were from the entire value chain for crane operations, which includes developers, main contractors, crane owners, crane suppliers and manufacturers, trainers from training centres, authorised examiners, WSH officers, lifting supervisors, crane operators and representatives from associations, unions and the Ministry of Manpower. 


What transpired

Opening Address

The Solutioning Session began with an opening address by the Chairman of the National Crane Safety Taskforce, Mr Mohamed Abdul Akbar Bin Mohamed Abdul Kader.He encouraged the participants to actively highlight their challenges and to co-design measures to improve the safety of the crane industry. 

Synopsis of crane related dangerous occurrences & statistics

Mr Ian Teh, the Senior Specialist (Engineering Safety Branch) from Ministry of Manpower shared on the current situation for crane safety, by illustrating with some recent crane incidents and statistics.



Break-out Session 1
A facilitated discussion with the participants followed. The discussion was centred on the discovery of  the personal and external challenges faced by the various stakeholders on the ground. The first session ended with the 4 groups going through a voting system to identify the top challenges faced by the various stakeholder groups.
Break-out Session 2
For the second session, the participants were assigned with selected challenges from break-out session 1 to brainstorm for ideas to improve practices and WSH performance of crane operations. 
Final Group Sharing 
The session drew to a close with sharing by the different groups on their proposed solutions to address their assigned challenges. There were much active participation from the audience, with comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the solutions, as well as constructive ideas on possible enhancements. 
Closing Address 
The Solutioning Session ended with a closing address by Er. Tan Kee Chong, Deputy Director (Engineering Safety Branch), Ministry of Manpower, who shared about MOM’s requirement for dataloggers in the new and existing mobile cranes. He encouraged participants to apply early for the datalogger funding and to attend the annual crane symposium to be held on 7 Oct 2015. Dr Gan thanked participants for their active participation and noted the good feedback received for the session. Before leaving, participants penned down their own personal actions, as a commitment to prevent another crane collapse.

About the WSH Institute Solutioning Suite
The WSH Institute launched its Solutioning Suite Service in July 2015 and had organised 3 other Solutioning Sessions in FY2014 to identify solutions for preventing formwork incidents, improving productivity in construction and preventing tipper truck crush injuries. The Solutioning Sessions are designed to allow stakeholders within the value chain to collectively identify root causes and to brainstorm for practical solutions to address specific problems.