JTC closes area around industrial building in Bedok after parts of concrete roof fall, Singapore
SINGAPORE – JTC Corporation cordoned off the area around an industrial building at 3013 Bedok Industrial Park E after decorative elements on a concrete roof crashed to the ground.
The Singapore Civil Defense Force confirmed having received a report and found that a concrete block about 40m long fell from four floors on Sunday morning (August 22).
No one was hurt.
Work is underway to remove a few pieces of concrete that still hang from the roof of the four-story building, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said in a statement on Sunday.
BCA said it was alerted to the incident on Sunday morning and asked the owner of the JTC building to call a professional engineer for advice on how to remove the dislodged piece of concrete.
The engineer will also recommend permanent grinding and inspect three other adjacent blocks with a similar concrete sunshade.
A JTC spokesperson said investigations were ongoing and JTC agents were engaging with tenants on site.
BCA and the engineer hired by JTC inspected the main building and assessed that its structural integrity is not affected.
Mr. Alan Ong is the director of the sign manufacturing company Gomotex Signcraft Studio, located on the first floor of the relevant building. He said some of the other tenants in the affected block told him the concrete fell earlier in the day, between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.
There would have been almost no one at the time as most units in the industrial zone are closed on Sundays, he added.
Mr. Ong went to check his store around 10:30 a.m. after reading messages from other tenants who alerted him to the incident.
“When I woke up around 9:30 am and saw their messages, I was shocked. You never expect that to happen. Someone could have been injured if it had happened on a weekday, ”said Ong, who is in his 50s.
He added that JTC told tenants they had up to about 3 p.m. to collect personal or important effects from their units before they were allowed to enter the block.
He estimates that at least 20 tenants were there in the morning to collect their belongings.