In a multi-cultural and religious environment that we are in, HSB does all that it can to respect and celebrate the moments where our fellow employees takes pride in practicing their faith and culture. Even during this pandemic period, we continue this tradition of forging deeper bonds with considerations in place to minimise the risks posed by Covid-19.
The month of Ramadhan this year fell between 12 April 2021 to 12 May 2021. During this period, our Muslim employees, observed fasting from dawn to dusk. In the month of Ramadhan, Muslims will do more self reflection and prayers to improve oneself both physically and spiritually.
Did you know that the 12 months in Islamic calendar are based on the moon? Although the 1st of Ramadhan starts after sunset on the 12 April 2021, we will only observe our Muslim friends fasting on the 13 April 2021. Ramadhan, which is considered to be the holiest month, falls on the 9th month of the Islamic calendar.
Eid-al-Fitr, better known here as ‘Hari Raya Aidilfitri’, is a celebration for the self improvements made in the month of Ramadhan, to be grateful for what has been achieved and to share with those who may be less fortunate. Through deeper devotion and practices in the month of Ramadhan, greater discipline and restrain are developed by each individual.
HSB also took the opportunity to participate in the spirit of sharing amongst our Muslim employees. On 12 April 2021, HSB distributed dates and packet drinks to all our Muslim employees. Dates and water are the 2 important items when breaking fast. Dates help to return the body’s blood glucose levels quickly to normal after a long day of fasting and water is considered to be purifying.
To strengthen bonds and relationships with our employees, HSB has a practice of dedicating a day where all employees would eat together during the time of breaking fast. Admist the current Covid situation, HSB distributed bento sets instead to our employees directly to their respective work sites. This effort and commitment by HSB of celebrating diversity in our workplace will always be upheld.
Hand and finger injuries may result in disruptions to ones daily routine regardless of its severity. Based on the WSH Report 2020 released by the Ministry of Manpower (Singapore), published in March 2021, machinery incidents being the second highest contributor, reported 58 causes of major workplace injuries. The table below shows the breakdown of the cases where the incident agent is either an industrial machine or an industrial hand tool.
|Injuries||Incident Type||Incident Agent||Counts||Total in Incident Type||Percentage of Contribution|
|Major||Caught in/ between objects||Industrial Machines||23||48||47.92%|
|Major||Struck by moving objects||Industrial Machines||9||47||19.15%|
|Major||Cut/Stabbed by Objects||Industrial Machines||13||22||59.09%|
|Minor||Struck by moving objects||Industrial Hand Tools||330||1773||18.61%|
|Minor||Cut/Stabbed by Objects||Industrial Hand Tools||222||1115||19.91%|
|Minor||Cut/Stabbed by Objects||Industrial Machines||220||1115||19.73%|
|Minor||Caught in/ between objects||Industrial Machines||240||768||31.25%|
|Minor||Striking against object||Industrial Machines||57||638||8.93%|
The table below is a breakdown of the different types of hand injuries and information associated to it
|Type of Hand Injuries||What Is It||Symptoms|
|Avulsion and Detachments||
Injury due to impact that results to the
|Sprains and Strains||Injury due to overuse with no breaks or exercise.||
In an article by The Straits Times dated 25 March 2021, it had highlighted that forty-six workers lost their hands or fingers in amputation accidents last year, mainly due to the unsafe use of machineries.
HSB carried out our Annual Hand Safety Campaign 2021 at our various work sites. The theme for this year’s Hand Safety Campaign was ‘A Pair of Hands, A Lifetime Use’. There was a sharing session on hand safety and injuries during the campaign done through demonstration, skits, and quizzes to increase awareness.
All stakeholders within the projects team supported and participated in the event. Rewards were also given out to recognise the contribution and good EHS performance of our workers and sub-contractors.
At the end of the campaign, all personnels took a pledge on hand safety, together with the signing of the campaign banner as a mark of their commitment towards hand safety.
*The event was held in compliance with the Covid-19 safe management measures.