Thursday, August 02, 2012

One worker injured in Shenton Way multi-storey car park collapse


An accident occurred at a work site located at the former UIC building in Shenton Way on August 2, 2012. (YourNews contribution from Benson Lin)
SINGAPORE: A worker was injured after a portion of a multi-story car park in Shenton Way collapsed on Thursday evening.
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said the collapsed occurred as the multi-story car park was undergoing a phased demolition process.
The collapsed portion measured about 30 metres by 20 metres.
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said part of the structure gave way during demolition while the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said preliminary findings showed the collapse could have been caused by accumulated debris.

MOM has issued a stop work order for the work site and BCA has revoked the permit for demolition works.
SCDF and the police said they received a call at about 4.45pm requesting assistance at the site at No. 5 Shenton Way.
The police said it was established, on arrival, that an industrial accident had occurred.
SCDF said all 19 workers who were working in the area have been accounted for.
One injured worker was sent to hospital before SCDF arrived.
SCDF personnel, including DART (Disaster Assistance Response Team), and search dogs conducted two search operations at the affected site.
One callers to the Channel NewsAsia hotline, Mr Jack Yu, said a loud boom was heard at around 4.40pm. He was working at the DBS building opposite the construction site.
"It was a very loud bang, like boom, and then the ground shook for a while. The construction site has been there for the past month, so we are used to the hammering sound and things like that but suddenly when the loud boom - we thought something must have happened," he said.
"We noticed there was some smoke coming out, but it was actually dust, not actually smoke. When the dust has settled we noticed that half of the construction building that is being demolished had collapsed."
Mr Yu added that the accident caused shaking at the DBS building for a few seconds.
Joy Loh, a PR consultant who was also in the DBS building when the accident happened said her nerves were rattled by the accident.
"We were just having a meeting, and then we heard this loud rumbling noise, and a really loud 'voom'. It sounded like the building was going to collapse, so that was quite scary," she said.
Mr Yu said SCDF personnel and police arrived at the scene around 20 to 30 minutes later.
He added DBS building management has sent out an email to assure those in the building that the building is safe.


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