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Covid19: Building Control Authority Should Disallow Payment Of Fines Using MCST Funds

Covid19: Building Control Authority Should Disallow Payment Of Fines Using MCST Funds

Four residents were fined on 20 April 2020 for not practising safe distancing in their condominiums and a management corporation (MCST) for not closing its common facilities. However, I am concerned over the $1,000 fine imposed on the condominium in Amber Road. Who is responsible for this lapse? To allow the fine to be paid using the common MCST fund would mean that all the residents in the condominium are guilty of the offence or are they?

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ORCHARD CENTRAL REFUSE TO CHANGE RAILING, HOW TO AVOID ACCIDENTS?

Remember the teenager who fell from a flimsy platform at Orchard Central? A netizen noticed that the management only reinforced it with another board wall instead of removing it entirely to prevent others from climbing onto it. He also complained that the handrails should be made higher. Budget constraints?

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BCA SAYS LIGHT PANEL IN LIFT NOT SECURED, CAUSING IT TO FALL

BCA has responded in the wake of the lift ceiling falling on a 10 year old girl in Sengkang, injuring her in the process. Investigations done has shown that the plastic board might not have been secured properly. BCA has also issued a notice to suspend the operation of the lift.

The Ang Mo Kio Town Council has also indicated that they will reimburse all the medical fees of the 10 year old girl, which came to about $200. The lift contractor maintaining the LG elevators for the block where the incident took place is Sigma Elevator. Sigma Elevator has been in the news lately for being the company that has been banned from taking part in tenders for lift maintenance works since October 2015, because its newer lifts broke down more often than usual.

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MAN THREATENED BY BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY FOR TAKING PHOTOS OF CONSTRUCTION SITE

Am cycling around the reclaimed island at SeletarSeletar and taking some pictures around. Am at this area and threatened by some BCA staff that this is a restricted area and that I am not allowed to take pictures.

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ANG MO KIO LIFT BREAKS DOWN 3 MORE TIMES DESPITE REPAIRS & DECLARED SAFE TO USE

In March 2016, a maid was sent hurtling up 17 storeys after entering the lift at Block 317 Ang Mo Kio Street 31. Since then, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has inspected the lift and completed its rectifications. Engineers concluded that the lift's brakes were not functioning well and could not hold it in a stationary position. Despite the rectifications, residents of Block 317 claims that the lift has broken down at least 3 more times and are now afraid of using Lift A. They fear that they would face the same fate of being stuck in the lift for 2 hours and some haven even chosen to take the stairs despite staying at the top floor.

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HDB BUILDING QUALITY IS BETTER NOW, SAYS BCA

According to the Building and Construction Authority of Sigapore (BCA), construction quality for newly built Housing Development Board (HDB) flats has improved over the years. Assessors from the BCA, who conduct inspections on different corners of the flat such as the quality of the home, its workmanship and whether it is safe to live in, use a scored checklist under the Construction Quality Assessment System (Conquas), which reflects the overall workmanship quality. The higher the Conquas score, which is upon 100, the better the workmanship.

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AUTHORITIES INSIST NARROW 1.17M DBSS CORRIDOR MEETS ALL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

BCA said that before issuing the Temporary Occupancy Permit (TOP) for Pasir Ris One, inspections had been conducted and the corridors were found to be generally 1.2 m wide. With regard to the 1.17 m width at some places of Pasir Ris One’s corridors, BCA felt that the 3 cm difference may be due to “error during construction phase”. BCA said that this difference does not impact the accessibility of persons on wheelchairs.

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