Crane Toppled At Construction Site Near Potong Pasir MRT

The accident happened at the worksite of the upcoming Sant Ritz condominium in Potong Pasir. No one was injured, says SCDF.

A large crane toppled at a construction site along Tai Thong Crescent on Tuesday afternoon (Feb 24) and ended up in the front porch of a house opposite.

The accident happened at the worksite of the upcoming Sant Ritz Condominium near Potong Pasir MRT station.

Construction workers told Channel NewsAsia the crane went down at about 4.30pm and the boom of the crane hit the gate of a semi-detached house opposite. It was seen lying across the road, when Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) arrived.

No one was in the crane at the time of the accident, workers said. SCDF said no one was injured.

A resident from a neighbouring semi-detached unit who identified herself as Ms Huang said: “I was on the phone when I heard a very loud sound – like glass shattered. I came out and I saw the crane toppled next door.”

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Ms Huang, who is in her 80s, added that no one has been living in that house for a while, but said the owners had visited it recently.

Two police cars were present when Channel NewsAsia visited the scene at about 6pm. Police said investigations are ongoing.

A representative from Santarli Construction which is in charge of the Sant Ritz development said an architect has issued a directive for a safety officer to investigate the incident.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said Santarli Construction has been instructed to stop work at the site.

“SCDF informed the Ministry of Manpower on Feb 24 about an accident that took place at Santarli Construction’s workplace along Pheng Geck Avenue on the same day,” said an MOM spokesperson. “Officers from MOM’s Occupational Safety and Health Division commenced investigations immediately.”

Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin also visited the accident site late Tuesday night,¬†and in a Facebook post said that it was “fortunate no injuries occurred”. He added that contractors will be dismantling the crane, and will need to bring in a heavier one to lift the collapsed crane.

 

Source: www.channelnewsasia.com

 

 

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