MOM warns 44 delivery firms over safety violations

Insurance gap revealed during Parliamentary investigation

MOM warns 44 delivery firms over safety violations

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has cautioned 44 delivery companies regarding safety code violations, revealing an insurance gap in the process.

Minister of State for Manpower Sam Tan revealed the sanctioning of the companies during his response to a question by MP Joan Pereira, reported by Channel News Asia.

According to Tan, a total of 71 notices were issued to the 44 companies, with over 70% of notices going to firms that failed to conduct adequate risk assessment to identify hazards detrimental to the safety and health of their employees.

“Without risk assessment, companies are not able to put in place necessary preventive measures against accidents,” said Tan. “These errant companies have since rectified the safety lapses and conducted proper risk assessments for employees and contracted parties working under them.”

The MOM will hold similar operations within the year, targeting food delivery services and couriers, to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

Pereira asked about insurance for deliverymen covering third-party risks, which will allow them to make claims in case they encounter an accident in the line of work.

In the discussion, it was revealed that deliverymen using personal mobility devices (PMD), such as e-scooters, are currently not covered by third-party insurance.

“Under the existing law, third-party risks are covered by motor insurance if the deliveryman uses vehicles such as vans, lorries and cars to carry out their work. So, this is covered,” said Tan. “There is one group which is not covered – these are deliverymen using personal mobility devices ... this is being monitored by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel under the Ministry of Transport.”

He added that the panel’s study is due to complete within the year.

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