The trainees looked up at the steel scaffolding with admiration and a bit of fear, as their trainer went through with them the steps of how to put on a harness correctly.
They were attending the Work-at-Heights course conducted by NTUC LearningHub (LHUB) at Benoi Industry Skills Centre.
Mr Toh, a Work-at-Heights course trainee, had been working in the renovation business for the past two years. He said that he was used to working from heights, but admitted that the nagging fear was there each time he had to scale new heights.
However, after acquiring the necessary skills to work safely at a height in the course, he said that the old fear was much abated now. “Accidents are very real. But thanks to this course, I am more careful. I have a better awareness of my surroundings when working at heights and I treasure my safety even more now,” said Mr Toh.
Another trainee, Mr Wong, shared that safety was always emphasized during the course. They were regularly reminded to wear safety helmets and work shoes. At the Centre, several safety awareness posters and reminders about putting on safety gear at the training areas are also pasted on the walls. These serve to reinforce the idea that safety is not to be taken lightly.
NTUC LearningHub advocates and promotes health and safety in the workplace. It offers a comprehensive list of Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) programmes, where employees can learn the fundamentals of WSH, allowing them to be better prepared and alert at work.
Workplace safety has been a constant concern. As more buildings and facilities are being built in Singapore, more accidents may occur. In 2014, there were more than 13,000 reported workplace injuries, with 60 fatal cases.
Mr Ronald Khoo, Principal Trainer for LHUB’s Forklift Operation Course, said that he had seen a big leap in confidence in his trainees after completing the course.
Some employers are also so impressed with the new knowledge their workers have gained, that they regularly send new batches of employees to NTUC LearningHub for training. This is testimony enough of the trust companies have in NTUC LHUB’s trainers and courses.