Singapore Construction Law



Singapore Construction Laws

Recently, construction safety in Singapore has been tarnished by a high fatality rate.

As an industry player, you need to be able to care for your employees and follow relevant construction laws.

As the Singapore construction market faces challenges from tighter foreign labor control, lesser public tenders, it’s more important than ever that your job goes as planned.

The following seven statutes about Singapore construction laws will save some time and headaches–and maybe even a life.

Construction Laws in Singapore

The construction industry accounts for 45% of workplace fatalities–the government’s goal is to reduce that to 1.8 fatalities per 100,000 workers by 2018. More rigid laws are a must in achieving that goal.


Singapore statutes are broken down by duties of the developer, the designers, and contractor in the Workplace Safety and Health Act. Failure to follow these regulations is punishable by a $20,000 fine and/or 12 months imprisonment.

For the Developer

Not all statutes are included here:

1. “The developer must ensure that all relevant information is given to every designer and contractor appointed to enable the designer or contractor … to perform the duties of a designer or contractor … under these Regulations and any other regulation made under section 65 of the Act.”

2. “The developer of a project must keep a design-for-safety register containing information and records on … every design-for-safety review meeting … and every residual design risk in the project.”

3. “The developer: must ensure that the design-for-safety register is kept up to date; must ensure that all the designers and contractors appointed under regulation for the project have access to the design-for-safety register; must make the design-for-safety register available for inspection by an inspector upon the inspector’s request.”

4. “The developer of a project must convene such design-for-safety review meetings as are necessary to: identify all foreseeable design risks in the project; discuss how each of the foreseeable design risks can be eliminated or reduced.”

For the Designer

5. “The designer of a structure must, as far as it is reasonably practicable, prepare a design plan for the structure that eliminates all foreseeable design risks … The design risk must be reduced at its source; collective protective measures must be used instead of individual protective measures.”

6.  “The contractor: may appoint a person to design a structure only if the contractor reasonably believes that the person is competent to perform the duties of a designer …; must provide the designer appointed … all relevant information to enable the designer to perform the duties of a designer under these Regulations…”

7. “Where a design-for-safety register has been kept … for a structure that is not a subdivided building, the registered proprietor of the structure must: ensure that the design-for-safety register is available for inspection by an inspector upon the inspector’s request …”


The most important component in construction safety is training. On any job you do, every worker and supervisor must receive the appropriate training.

Get the training, follow the rules, and you won’t have to worry about construction laws in Singapore.

And, remember to join a community of construction professionals in Singapore so you can easily keep tabs on the latest legal developments in the industry!


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