Saturday, 22 October 2016

Why is everything breaking down in Singapore?

Update 24 Aug 2017: Ceiling collapses at SMU's School of Information Systems
Parts of a ceiling falling to the ground outside a toilet in Singapore Management University's School of Information Systems on Tue (Oct 24)

A ceiling at the basement of Singapore Management University's (SMU) School of Information Systems collapsed on Tuesday (Oct 24).

The false ceiling at the recess area collapsed at 5pm, the university has confirmed.

In response to Channel NewsAsia's queries, an SMU spokesperson said preliminary findings showed that a drainage pipe above the ceiling had leaked & water had seeped through, causing the false ceiling to collapse. Some of the water entered a portion of the study area located next to the affected space, she said.


Ceiling collapses in NTU lecture theatre

The ceiling of Lecture Theatre 1, at Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) North Spine, had collapsed earlier that morning.

NTU sent an e-mail to affected students to inform them of the collapse and the change of venues for some of their lectures. No classes will be held there for at least a month.

Mr Adzizul, who is a final-year mechanical engineering student, told The New Paper that his classmates were in the theatre, sitting closer to the front. As he had not attended the lecture, he was viewing a recording that was posted online after the lecture ended.


Why is everything breaking down in Singapore?

WHAT in the world is happening to my country? Not a week passes without something that busts, bursts, cracks or crashes. And that’s just using the first few words I could find in the Thesaurus to go with “break”. I have the not-altogether-incorrect impression that Singapore is breaking down, breaking up and breaking apart at the seams. The litany of woes is not about to take a break any time soon. Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.

Again, I ask: What in the world is happening to my country? I have a theory. You may not agree with me but, if you indulge an old man his thoughts, hear me out. It has to do with a fishball stick. Not just any ordinary fishball stick but one with an extraordinary historical significance because it was mentioned by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his National Day Rally in 2014.

It was a fishball stick carelessly thrown on the pavement near Bukit Gombak MRT which a resident had complained about. It was a fishball stick that wasn’t cleared by anyone for a couple of days. It was a fishball stick that had set off meetings between several government agencies as to whose responsibility it was. If you want a metaphor of what’s wrong with this country, that’s it.

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Case of a Fishball Stick
PM Lee Hsien Loong explaining how the Government still has some way to go in getting different agencies to work more closely together, especially when responsibilities are split. Foto: OOI BOON KEONG

When 1 resident observed that a fishball stick along the walkway at Bukit Gombak MRT Station had not been cleared after 2 days, it took Member of Parliament (MP) Low Yen Ling “multiple calls to several agencies & a few meetings” to find out why the area appeared not to be regularly cleaned.

The reason? “On the left of the walkway is a slope, (which is overseen by) the NEA (National Environment Agency); in the middle is a park connector, under NParks (National Parks Board); on the right is a pavement next to the road, under the LTA (Land Transport Authority),” said PM Lee Hsien Loong. As the cleaners engaged by each of these agencies have different cleaning schedules, “the fishball stick was on the roadside, and the roadside is only cleared every two days”, he said.

The incident was an example of how the Government still has some way to go in getting different agencies to work more closely together, especially when responsibilities are split, despite previous efforts to address this, said Mr Lee at the National Day Rally last night. For example, the question of what to do with a snake spotted on the street used to depend on the direction in which it was moving, but all animal-related issues are now handled by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA).


Lift breakdown statistics based on annual data

In “Lift breakdowns: Specific answers would be more reassuring” (Jul 26), Mr Cheang Peng Wah had asked why the Ministry of National Development (MND) had provided lift breakdown statistics over the two-year periods of 2013/4 & 2015/6. The breakdown statistics are, in fact, based on annual data, but it happens that the figures were similar over the two-year periods.

In 2013, there were about 30 reported breakdowns in public housing estates out of every 1,000 lifts per month. It was a similar figure in 2014. In 2015, the reported breakdowns per month numbered about 20, and this continued at the same level last year.

Mr Cheang also asked whether there have been more incidents of breakdowns causing injuries and fatalities in recent years.


10-yr-old girl is latest victim of lift accidents in HDB buildings

Despite tightening lift maintenance standards, 10-year-old Chung Yan Ting has become the latest victim of faulty HDB lifts when part of the ceiling light on the lift fell on her as she entered the compartment.

This is the most recent serious lift accident in the past few years, following the incident of a woman whose spine was fractured after she was jerked up and down suddenly while she was in a lift last year, and after the death of an elderly man in May last year who succumbed to injuries from a fall that occurred when he reversed his mobility scooter out of a lift that had stopped 15cm above the ground.

This time, Yan Ting was with her family at Block 325A Sengkang East Way when her mother first entered the defective lift. As Yan Ting followed behind her mother, her father noticed a long metal rod on the lift’s floor. Before he could look around to investigate further, half of the metal and plastic light cover dislodged from the lift’s ceiling and struck Yan Ting.


More cases of fallen windows this year

There were more cases of fallen windows this year according to statistics released yesterday by the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) & the Housing and Development Board (HDB).

There were 41 cases in the first 11 months of this year, compared to 30 cases in the same period last year. Most of these were casement windows that became dislodged and had fallen due to corroded aluminium rivets, said the BCA & the HDB

Since 2005, homeowners have been required to change the aluminium rivets of casement windows to stainless steel ones. This applies to windows in all residential units, except those in landed properties and the ground floor of buildings.

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Town councils to take action after parts fall off Circuit Rd, Hougang blocks

Investigations into 2 recent instances in which parts of the facades of public housing blocks fell off have been completed, said the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) on Sunday (Dec 11).

The town councils in charge of the blocks are taking measures to prevent the incidents from recurring, said a BCA spokesperson in a media statement

In the 1st incident, a cladding panel made of calcium silicate fell off Block 51, Circuit Road on Oct 19. The panel was a design element of the facade and was non-structural, said the Housing & Development Board in a Facebook post the day after the incident, adding that it was liaising with Marine Parade Town Council to repair the facade and check neighbouring blocks with similar finishes on their facades

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Plaster falls 12 storeys from HDB block in Hougang

In the latest case of building parts falling from Housing Board buildings, a slab of plaster fell 12 storeys from the top of a block in Hougang on Sunday (Nov 27) morning.

No one was injured, but plaster fragments were seen atop some vehicles parked nearby.

Resident Andy Loh, 39, heard a loud noise on Sunday. "I went down to check and saw all the (plaster) scattered on the floor," he told The Straits Times.


Boon Lay resident hurt when HDB lift falls and rises unexpectedly
A woman injured her ankles after the lift at her block dropped three floors suddenly. She said this was the second time it's happened to her. This is at Blk 207 Boon Lay Place, lift C

A 65-YR-OLD Boon Lay resident hurt her leg on Nov 15 when the lift in her Boon Lay Housing Board block plunged unexpectedly from the 3d floor to the ground floor, then rose again to the 2nd floor, Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported.

The lift - at Block 207, Boon Lay Place - is currently closed. The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said, on Friday, it was alerted to an incident.

BCA engineers, representatives from the West Coast Town Council and the lift contractor visited the site to investigate.

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Woman suffers spine fracture in 5th lift accident in 8 months
Mdm Yeo suffered a compression fracture to her lumbar vertebrae and was warded at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital overnight for observations. Photos: Raymond Tham/TODAY

For the 5th time in 8 months, a lift of a Housing and Development Board block had malfunctioned, causing a woman to suffer a spine fracture after the lift she was in shot up and down erratically twice.

Madam Yeo Choon Tee, 59, said she was heading to pick up her granddaughter at about noon on Tue (Jun 7) when the lift’s doors at Block 150, Petir Road did not open at the ground floor. Instead, it shot up “faster than normal” to the 11th floor.

It then sped to the 3d floor and zoomed up again before coming to an abrupt stop between the 12th and 13th floors, throwing her to the floor.

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3-year-old boy traumatised after huge metal piece falls on him in lift of Block 480, Pasir Ris Drive 4

How would you feel if part of the lift's ceiling fell on you while you were in it? And imagine this happening to you when you're a little three-year-old kid.

On Thursday (Nov 10) at around 10pm, the interior of a lift ceiling at Block 480, Pasir Ris Drive 4, fell on Stomper Yuzkoz's three-year-old nephew while he was in the lift with the Stomper's father and brother.

Said the Stomper: "My family had taken the lift at first but this didn't happen. But during the next ride when my nephew boarded it, the incident took place.

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Roof of lift at Pasir Ris collapses on 3-year-old boy injuring him

STOMP reported that a 3-year-old boy was injured when the roof of a lift at Block 480 Pasir Ris Drive 4 collapsed while he was taking the lift with his parents. The incident happened on Nov 10 at around 10pm.

According to the uncle of the boy who reported the incident, the metal panel of the roof fell on one side first, before fully collapsing. This was when it hit the boy on the head, traumatising him. The boy was treated for a minor injury at a clinic. Pasir-Ris Punggol Town Council (PRPTC) has not commented on this incident.

This incident is one of several lift mishaps which happened in Pasir Ris-Punggol Town Council in recent months. In January, Facebook user Ben Tng reported that the lift in his block was operating while the its door was only half closed.

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NOT ONLY ARE THE MRTS BREAKING DOWN, EVEN BUS INTERCHANGES BLACKOUT!

While everyone is busy getting angry over SMRT's MRT disruption, the blackout at the various bus interchanges (Toa Payoh, Jurong East and Bedok) throughout the year have received little attention.

Can you imagine how chaotic it would be if one day, the train disruption and blackout happen at the same station?

What is happening to our world class transportation system?

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A pretty huge sinkhole opened up on the road along Yishun Avenue 7

Motorists travelling along Yishun Avenue 7, be more wary than usual while driving in the 'Murderer and Siao Lang' neighbourhood 'cause there's a pretty big sinkhole that opened up.

Don't worry, it's not a big enough abyss to swallow your hopes and dreams. But still, it could damage vehicles and seriously hurt unaware motorcyclists.

Keep off that third lane when you're driving towards Gambas along Yishun Avenue 7.

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Sinkhole to swallow motorcyclists opens up along Yishun Ave 7: Yishun Thug Life

Just another day in Yishun.

A sinkhole or pothole that looked like it could easily swallow a motorcycle front wheel, opened up on the road along Yishun Ave 7 towards Gambas Ave on Oct. 26, once again highlighting Yishun town’s prominence.

It is not known if this hole qualifies as a sinkhole or pothole, but it looks like there is very little functional difference in definition.

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False ceiling at Tampines void deck collapses
Imagine if someone had been entering or exiting lift

Stomper KaliDass was shocked when he saw that the false ceiling at the void deck of Block 807 Tampines Avenue 4 had collapsed, at around 1pm today afternoon (Oct 17).

Photos he sent Stomp via WhatsApp show a light dangling from the exposed ceiling and chunks of cement plaster on the ground.

KaliDass, who said he heard a loud bang when the incident happened, added in a phone interview: "The false ceiling in front of Lift A at the ground level of Block 807 Tampines Avenue 4 collapsed.


Customers at Bukit Merah coffeeshop startled by falling ceiling boards

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FALSE CEILING OF LIFT LANDING COLLAPSED IN TAMPINES

The false ceiling at the void deck of Block 807 Tampines Avenue 4 collapsed at around 1pm today afternoon (Oct 17). Fortunately, the ceiling did not land on anyone.

What remains of the fake ceiling is a light dangling from the now exposed ceiling. Chunks of cement plaster are on the ground.

First sun breaker, now fake ceiling. Tampines is turning into a slum!

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Section of Westgate mall ceiling collapses due to heavy rain

Heavy rain yesterday proved too much for the false ceiling at Westgate mall and caused a small section to shatter.

Shin Min Daily News reported that the incident happened around 3.30pm at the fourth floor of the shopping mall and left a 1m hole in the ceiling.

A 26-year-old shopkeeper told Shin Min Daily News that three or four men were almost hit by the ceiling fragments.

related: Shoppers report flooding in Tampines Mall after heavy downpour

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HDB FACADE IN CIRCUIT ROAD FALLS OFF

She heard the loud crash, peered out her window and saw, to her horror, that a piece of her neighbouring block's building facade had fallen and crashed to the ground below.

"I was shocked to see a missing slab of wall on the block opposite. Luckily, it happened quite early in the morning and no one was hit.

"How can a slab of wall fall off just like that?" the resident, who wanted to be known as Madam Ng, 65, told The New Paper yesterday.

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Non-structural wall feature falls off roof of HDB block in MacPherson

A wall segment from a Housing Board block in MacPherson fell 11 storeys with a loud crash in the early hours of Wednesday.

The incident occurred at about 6am at Block 51, Circuit Road, Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday.

No one was hurt by the slab, which the newspaper understands measured roughly 4m long and 2m wide.

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Elderly woman hurt in HillV2 shopping mall restaurant after cladding falls on her

An elderly woman suffered head injuries on Monday (Oct 31) evening after cladding fell on her in Wine Connection Bistro restaurant in HillV2 shopping mall.

The woman was believed to have been having dinner at the restaurant located in Upper Bukit Timah when the incident occurred.

The incident was reported in Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao after retiree Han Chin Kwang, 62, called it in.

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CEILING COLLAPSED ON DINER AT WINE CONNECTION AT HILLV2

It was reported that a diner was having her meal at Wine Connection Bistro at HillV2 when the ceiling gave way and collapsed on her.

This happened yesterday (Oct 31) at 6+ in the evening. The lady was dining with her children when the ceiling hit her on her head. She was bleeding profusely. Paramedics bandaged her wound and she was conveyed to Ng Teng Fong Hospital.

Customers were shocked. HillV2 is a relatively new shopping mall. How could the ceiling collapse?

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Downtown Line disrupted on Tuesday morning due to platform screen door fault
The broken platform screen door at Sixth Avenue station on the Downtown Line.ST FOTO: JOYCE FANG

Service on the Downtown Line was disrupted on Tue (Oct 4) morning due to a platform screen door fault which occurred at the Sixth Avenue station.

A picture tweeted by a commuter showed a dislodged platform door with cracked glass.

Train service was halted between the Sixth Avenue & King Albert Park stations & free bus service was provided by SBS between the Botanic Gardens & Beauty World stations.

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Stompers share photos of dislodged platform screen door that caused large crowds and delays on Downtown Line

A faulty platform screen door at Sixth Avenue MRT Station caused service disruption on the Downtown Line during today's morning rush hour (Oct 4).

The incident caused train service between the Sixth Avenue & King Albert Park stations to be halted.


Stompers Eric, Alex, Gabriel, Mei Chi, Jeffrey, Paul, Gavin, Marianne, Rashi and Kelly had shared with Stomp photos showing the dislodged door - with its glass cracked - as well as large crowds that were caught in the delay.

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LRT sped past 3 stations non-stop with passengers at Bukit Panjang LRT line

A passenger recalls the harrowing experience of how a Light-Rail Train at the Bukit Panjang LRT line sped past three stations on Thu (28 July) and could not be stopped by the emergency stop button found in the cabin.

Ms Jacqueline Bong was with her friend when they took the train at Segar Station at about 11.45 pm -12 pm  and supposed to alight at Jelapang station to pick up their kids from kindergarten.

However, the train did not stop at the next station but instead, sped up and went past Jelapang station.

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Woman recounts harrowing experience aboard ‘really fast’ LRT which did not stop for three stations

A lady by the name of Jacqueline Bong posted a complaint to SMRT’s Facebook page on Jul 28 recounting her experience aboard a Bukit Panjang LRT train.

She said that she boarded at Segar station and was supposed to alight at Jelapang station which was one stop away, but the train did not stop and no one responded after a passenger used emergency phone onboard. The train only stopped three stations away at Phoenix station.

SMRT has since responded on Facebook to her posting, here’s what they said on the same day of the posting:

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Recent major breakdowns on Bukit Panjang LRT
A Light Rapid Transit (LRT) train travelling along the Bukit Panjang LRT line. FOTO: ST FILE

The Bukit Panjang LRT has been problematic from the time it started running in 1999. And it still remains so.

Last year, it had 10 major breakdowns (those that last more than half an hour). In comparison, the Sengkang-Punggol LRT had 5 such breakdowns in the same period.

The North-South & East-West MRT lines, which are much longer and operate at a much higher frequency & load, had 7 in total.

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Yet another train delay due to track fault on Circle Line, the 3rd time in 3 days

Commuters travelling on the Circle Line were held up today due to a track fault this morning (Aug 31), in what is the 3rd related incident this week.

Stomper Eric was at Bishan MRT Station at 8.30am and recounted what he saw to Stomp:


"Staff closed off the escalators and stairs to direct passengers on a longer route to the platform.

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'Wayward' buses end up at 'Odd' places
Second incident of wayward bus in 2 days

A public bus has ended up in an unlikely place - the 2nd time this has happened in 2 days.


An SBS Transit bus was found in a tennis court next to Yio Chu Kang MRT station on Friday (Sep 30) evening. The bus, believed to be service 13, appeared to have crashed through a fence.


It hit a lamp post, and there were shards of glass all over the tennis court. No one was playing at the court when the incident happened.


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Fallen tree at Holland Close caused damage to gas pipes, affecting more than 100 households

A tree around 30 meters high, fell at Block 1, Holland Close due to heavy rain and strong winds early Monday (3 October) morning causing damage to gas pipes which affected more than 100 households.


A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) spokesman said it was alerted to the incident at 5.41am and soon deployed a fire engine, a red rhino and an ambulance to the scene. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. He also said that SCDF shut off the mains to the gas pipes for safety reason.


According to Shin Min Daily News, the fallen tree damaged gas pipes and affected the supply to more than 100 households living in a block of flats and the windows' of five flats in the block were shattered by the tree's falling branches.


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Heritage tree falls on 40-year-old Pearl Bank Apartments, branches smash windows
The heritage Purple Millettia tree crashed into Pearl Bank Apartments in Outram in the early hours of Sep 11. At least five units were damaged. FOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

A heritage tree more than 8 storeys tall fell on Pearl Bank Apartments in Chinatown on Sunday (Sep 11) morning.


At least 6 apartments from the 4th to 8th floors were affected, Lianhe Wanbao reported.


Residents said that the loud crash as the tree's branches smashed their windows woke them up early on Sunday morning.


related: Tree that fell into apartments flagged as risk


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CUSTOMERS AT BUKIT MERAH COFFEE SHOP STARTLED BY FALLING CEILING BOARDS
CRASH: Ceiling boards fell at lunch time at a Bukit Merah coffee shop yesterday, leaving debris (above) that was later cleared.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

He was collecting money from a customer at his drinks stall when he heard a loud crash.

When Mr Zhang realised what had caused the sudden sound, he was shocked. Several ceiling boards in the coffee shop had fallen onto the floor and smashed into pieces.

"It was a very loud bang. There was a lady walking past and it nearly hit her," the drinks stall operator told The New Paper yesterday.

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Concrete feature collapses at HDB block in Tampines; building structurally safe, says HDB

A concrete feature on the exterior of a Housing & Development Board (HDB) block collapsed on Sunday (Sep 25) morning, but the authorities say no injuries were reported.

The incident occurred on the 4th floor of Block 201E, Tampines Street 23, around 10:05am.

No Singapore Civil Defence Force vehicles were dispatched, The Straits Times understands. Police arrived on the scene to cordon off the area.

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HDB & TOWN COUNCIL TO INSPECT ALL SUN BREAKERS AFTER ONE BROKE IN TAMPINES

Received a call this morning and rushed over.

One side of the sun breaker broke and landed on 3rd storey breaker. We have secured the breaker with tension cords to anchor points on the rooftop, activated the crane and the engineer is doing a thorough inspection now.

We will be removing this and HDB and TC will be working together to inspect the rest of the sun breakers after this, to ensure their integrity and safety.

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Concrete facade nearly toppled on four storey Tampine HDB block, no one hurt

A concrete facade at a four-storey HDB block along Tampines Street 23 was unseated and fortunately did not drop down from the top floor. No one was hurt in the incident that happened on Sunday morning, 25 September.

The collapsed structure functions as a sun shield for a unit on the fourth floor of Block 201E.

CNA reported the owner of the HDB building block, the Tampines Town Council, has been directed by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to engage a professional engineer to advise on the necessary procedure to remove the relocated sun breaker, and to conduct an investigation and recommendation of permanently rebuilt works.

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Tampines residents worry about more sunshades collapsing

RESIDENTS of the Tampines flat where a concrete sunshade partially dislodged late last week are worried that the other sunshades might give way too, given that the area is a neighbourhood centre with a thronging thoroughfare on the ground floor.

On Sunday morning (Sept 25), a 5m-long concrete sunshade outside a fourth-floor flat at Block 201E, Tampines Street 23 dislodged partially and landed on the corner of the sunshade of the floor below.

Although no one was hurt, it gave residents quite the scare, and now residents are afraid that other sunshades – at least seven on the same facade – might follow suit.

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Plaster slab falls from 18th storey of HDB block
The broken bits from the slab of plaster that fell off the facade of Block 464, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 (above), early on Sun morning were found on the ground.FOTOS: LIM YAOHUI FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

A slab of plaster fell off the facade of an HDB block on Sunday, from a height of 18 storeys.


Residents of Block 464, Choa Chu Kang Ave 4, said it was fortunate no one was hurt, as the walkway below is a popular one.


The piece of plaster, which broke on impact, was about 1.5m by 0.6m, or the size of a large bath towel. The area has been cordoned off by the Chua Chu Kang Town Council.

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Debris Danger! 16th Storey HDB Flat Wall Breaks Apart, Residents Alarmed and Worried


“What the hell” and “KNN” probably rolled off the tongues of some Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 residents yesterday morning, as they found broken-off concrete blocks littering the pathways near block 464.


Looking up, they discovered that the blocks were part of the building wall which broke off from the 16th floor! The big break likely took place in the wee hours of morning.


According to one resident, he had sent his daughter home at around 2am and didn’t find any debris on the ground, but to his horror, the concrete blocks were there at 7am when he went downstairs.


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Second concrete chunk falls off ceiling of HDB block this week-- this time at Hougang


STOMPer David was shocked to see a large chunk of plaster that fell from the 9th floor ceiling of a HDB block at Hougang Avenue. He hopes the relevant authorities can look into maintaining the building and the ones in the older estates.


This is the second of such incidents reported this week, with the first taking place at Choa Chu Kang on Sunday (Nov 11). Said STOMPer David:

"A concrete slab fell off the 9th floor ceiling of block 601, Hougang Avenue at around 10 am today (Nov 15). I did not witness the exact moment when the slab fell off. I must have missed it by 10 to 15 minutes. Thank God no one was hurt! Can the authorities look into not only our building but the ones in the older estates? It must have happened due to the rain and perhaps stagnant water accumulating on the rooftop of our flats."
Picture 1 to 6 of the gallery show the chunk of plaster that fell off the HDB ceiling at Hougang, while the other two pictures are of the incident at Choa Chu Kang.

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Blocked drain caused condo glass panels to shatter
Glass panels in front of a 5-storey infinity pool at the Cradels condominium in Balestier came crashing down last month, sending water raining to the ground. The BCA investigation found that water pressure had built up as a result of overflowing water from the pool, causing the glass panels to give way.ST FTO: RACHEL OH

A blocked drain caused glass panels around a condominium's 5-floor swimming pool to shatter, sending broken glass and water cascading onto a carpark below, an investigation has found.

The Building & Construction Authority (BCA) found that overflowing water from the outdoor infinity pool at the Cradels condo in Balestier was caught in the narrow drain between the pool wall and the glass wall, causing water pressure to build up and the glass panels to eventually give way.

No one was hurt during the Jul 8 incident.

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Lorry crashes into walkway shelter at Bukit Batok, causing it to collapse on car
A parked car was crushed underneath the collapsed shelter at Block 118, Bukit Batok West Ave 6 FOTO: YEO KAI WEN

A walkway shelter at an open-air carpark in Bukit Batok collapsed on Fri (Jun 17) morning, crushing a car & drawing curious onlookers.

The Straits Times understands that a lorry with an attached crane had crashed into the shelter, which linked Blocks 116 and 118 at Bukit Batok West Ave 6.

The lorry driver, a man in his 60s, was arrested, a police spokesman said in response to media queries. No other vehicles were involved in the accident and there were no injuries.

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Crane crashes into pedestrian shelter at Bt Batok, causing it to tumble

In a statement on Friday (Jun 17), the Jurong-Clementi Town Council confirmed that no one was injured in the incident.

"Our initial findings revealed that the lorry driver failed to lower the crane before driving through the linkway," the town council said.

It added that it would assist the affected car's owner in his compensation claims.

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Another crane crashes into sheltered walkway in Bukit Batok

Facebook user Lawrence Chong shared the pictures of a crane boom of a lorry crashing into a shelter linkway located between Block 504 and 506 of Bukit Batok East Street 52. The pictures shared by the user showed that there was significant damage to the structure. The incident happened today at about 2.50pm.

The incident is strangely similar to another accident which also happened in Bukit Batok a month ago, on 17 Jun. A sheltered walkway at Block 116 Bukit Batok West Avenue 6 collapsed after the crane boom of a lorry crashed into it.

The user’s pictures showed that the officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force and the Police were at the site of the accident.

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Woman escapes injury after escalator step suddenly breaks apart at The Arcade at Raffles Place
A woman narrowly escaped injury after an escalator in The Arcade at Raffles Place broke on Tues, Jan 5, 2016 FOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A woman escaped injury after a step on the escalator she was riding on at The Arcade in Raffles Place broke.

An eyewitness, named only as Mrs Liu, told Chinese evening newspapers that she heard a loud bang coming from the escalator, which runs from the 1st to the 2nd floor, at about 3.30pm on Tue (Jan 5).

2 people were riding on it - a man who had just reached the landing on the 2nd floor, and a woman who was about 3 steps behind, Lianhe Wanbao reported.

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Escalator at The Arcade Breaks Apart, Aunties Get the Scare of Their Lives!

With the recent gory news of how freak escalator accidents in China have killed or injured people, you’d forgive two aunties for screaming their lungs out at The Arcade when the escalator they were riding on “exploded”.

With a loud “bang”, one of the steps of the escalator step suddenly splintered and broke off from the rest of the tiles.

That caused a gap to form in which a person could possibly fall through and get crushed to death by the escalator mechanism.

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Sinkholes in Singapore: Five other cases in the past and what caused them
Tipper truck in sink hole near Jalan Demak on April 24, 2014. - ST FOTO: JOYCE FANG

A section of Upper Changi Road East caved in on Thursday morning causing a tipper truck to collapse into the road. The accident happened about 50m away from a construction site for the upcoming Downtown Line 3. We look at some recent cases of sinkholes which had appeared in different parts of Singapore, and what could have caused the cave-ins.


Keppel Road, Jan 30, 2013

Clementi Road, March 5, 2013

Clementi, March 8, 2013

Woodlands Road, March 16, 2013

Commonwealth Avenue West, Dec 23, 2013

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A 'Sign of Distress' in Singapore?
Another whole row of flags are upside down in run up to National Day

Another photo of upside down Singapore flags has been circulating online in the run-up to National Day 2017. This time, an entire row of flags are hoisted upside down outside Aqua-Nautics Pte Ltd in Sembawang.

The blunder comes two weeks after a photo showing foreign workers planting an upside down flag went viral. The workers were likely employed by the Executive Committee organising the National Day Parade this year.


The display of the Singapore Flag is subject to about 40 rules, according to Singapore Statutes. Rules state that the Singapore flag must only be displayed upside down only as a sign of distress. Since it is a reflection of the nation’s ideals, beliefs and values, it is to be be treated with dignity and honour at all times.

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Rise in major breakdowns but MRT gets more reliable - LTA

There were 14 major breakdowns on the MRT network last year - an increase of 40% from the previous year, the Land Transport Authority announced on its website yesterday.

Meanwhile, the number of such breakdowns, each lasting more than 30 minutes, on the LRT system nearly quadrupled to 15.

For the MRT, only the newest line - the Downtown Line - posted a drop in the number of major disruptions. All others saw an increase, with the oldest --- North-South and East-West lines --- accounting for half the total of 14.

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Recent lift mishaps

A day after MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, Mr Zainal Sapari saying no fault was found in a lift that had malfunctioned at Block 299A Compassvale Street, the problem at the same lift happened again.

Twitter user Sara Victoria Grosse shared a picture of the malfunctioning lift on her social media platform.

Meanwhile, the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) has asked the Ministry of National Development to provide Singaporeans a full account of its lift maintenance records. The following is a press release by SDP:
  • 14 October 2015, Jurong: A lift door jammed, causing the hand of an 85-year-old woman to be severed.
  • 23 January 2016, Punggol: The doors of the lift remained open as the elevator moved.
  • 6 March 2016, Ang Mo Kio: A lift shot up 17 floors when the lift-brakes malfunctioned, trapping a passenger inside for one-and-a-half hours.
  • 15 May 2016, Pasir Ris: A lift jammed when the doors opened, leaving a gap that caused a wheelchair-bound elderly passenger to fall and die.
  • 7 June 2016, Bukit Panjang: A lift bounced up and down like a yo-yo, going down from the 9th to the 1st floor, shooting up to the 11th, plunging back down to the 3rd and finally going back up to the 12th. It left a 59-year old woman’s spine fractured.
  • 10 June 2016, Sengkang: A lift jerked to a sudden halt and then plunged a couple of floors before coming to a complete stop.
related:
Even PRCs file complaints against their own locally made lifts
EM Services responsible for maintaining lift involved in spine-injury incident
Even PRCs complain against Shenyang Brilliant Elevators
Shenyang Brilliant Elevator





SG Buildings Crumbling Down Parody

A witty video featuring an elderly man pointing out Singapore's building defects has emerged on YouTube.


In the clip, the man adapts the lyrics of popular children's nursery rhyme "London Bridge Is Falling Down" to emphasise the point of Singapore's "crumbling buildings".


At the start of the video, the man is seen standing outside Jem, which made headlines in 2013 when a leaking water pipe caused the mall's ceiling to collapse, injuring 3.


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Roof collapses at Hilton Hotel driveway proves Orchard Road is breaking down

On Thursday, Dec. 10, decorations tied to a street lamp outside Peranakan Place spontaneously caught fire at about 9.10pm. A week earlier, on Dec. 2, a Christmas tree outside the Abercrombie & Fitch outlet at Knightsbridge mall at Orchard Road caught fire and burst into flames also at about 9pm.

On Friday, Dec. 11, a tree came crashing down on the road in front of Orchard Central mall after being battered by heavy rain, as parts of Orchard Road became flooded.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, a power outage — believed to have been caused by the flood the previous day — hit Orchard Central at 2pm, forcing some shops to close early for the day. Power was restored at some parts of the shopping mall later in the day, but some retailers were forced to close early.


On Sunday, Dec. 13, part of the roof over the driveway of Hilton Singapore hotel collapsed, proving Volvo manufactures sturdy vehicles, in what has become a positive piece of news for the automobile maker and a more negative one for insurers.


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Jinx @ JEM
28 Dec 2014

Stomper alamat was concerned to see the state of this ceiling at Jem shopping mall at around 10pm yesterday (Dec 27)

Water has accumulated in one section of the ceiling and the weight of it seems to be pulling the ceiling down.

Said the Stomper: "Jem ceiling is collapsing. "Water has somehow gathered in one section of the ceiling.