Workplace safety trainer forges and sells safety certificates to migrant workers without providing training

REUTERS/Edgar Su

A workplace safety trainer has been sentenced to 10 months’ jail for forging certificates and safety passes for the Building Construction Supervisor Safety (BCSS) course – a safety training course that is mandatory for construction workers who are employed in supervisory roles at work sites.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) revealed yesterday that the trainer, Ramanathan Thamilselvan who worked with Work Safe Consultants, sold the forged documents to migrant workers without providing any training and assessments. The offences reportedly occurred between January and March 2016.

Thamilselvan’s sentencing follows the sentencing of two other directors from two different workplace safety and health training providers for similar offences in August and September 2017.

The directors – Sellachamy Somasundaran from Maha Safety Training Centre and Md Abu Zahin Mostafizur from Pioneer Skill Training Centre – forged certificates and safety passes for the same BCSS course between August and December 2015. Both directors were also sentenced to 10 months jail each.

MOM has since voided all the fraudulent BCSS certificates issued by the three officers and has also stripped the three of their statuses as accredited training providers. The Ministry added:

“Foreign workers who bought the fraudulent BCSS certificates were barred from performing supervisory roles. They will not be allowed to renew their work pass upon expiry and are banned from working in Singapore.
“MOM takes a very serious view of any breach to the Workplace Safety and Health Act as workplace safety and health issues directly affects workers’ lives, safety and health.
“Regular audits on the training providers are conducted to ensure full compliance and competency of the training providers.”

32 COMMENTS

  1. They are come with many suit case and one of it contain their culture when the opportunity arise they will wear this suit and we had seen many of it and getting more bold and rampagn.Kudos to 3rd generation PAP that reverse what the earlier leader had done.

    • This I am you ! They ban smlj the cert buyers ?? They should close down all the training center and kick the bloody ass hole FT bosses out!! Nahbeh ! White termite gang bring in black ant gang to rule over local born Singaporean ! How to be patriotic and take pride of the Nation that create and support an environment whereby local born Singaporean are make 2nd class to those white termite gang beloved FTs !!! nahbeh !!!
      can someone gather the statistic of the numbers of FT black ant gang members schemed to rise in position and set up communal enclave in local organization !!! f*%#^%#^king pinky clown and his f*%#*^%^*king open leg policy!!! kNNM!!!

  2. Harsh action should b implemented on thosee who forged those certificates. These kind of caractor should face the music in order to stop serious accident.

  3. Should be punished immediately! If is is wrongdoing why still allow to practice until work permit expired!
    No wonder the country’s Prestige and Standard have dropped to the bottom!

  4. This is total bullshit!!! Why are their passes not cancelled right away if they knowingly have bought fake certificates without going through the course!
    MOM what have you to say!!!!!

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