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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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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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WHY ENGINEERING GRADS MOVE ON TO OTHER JOBS

"The work was monotonous, the pay of my seniors seemed stagnant and they had limited career progression options," said the 26-year-old, who has since become a personal banker. "About a third of my friends who studied engineering ended up doing something completely different," he added.

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Government is profiteering? Of course, not!

The Government did not set up the granite stockpile as a business. The issue of profit is not a relevant consideration because the motive in setting up such a stockpile is to help the industry cope with sudden shortages in granite. Release of the stock-pile is a contingency measure to help the industry cope while they contract and import from alternative sources of supply. The stockpile cannot be a convenient permanent alternative source of supply for the industry. We import granite mainly from our immediate neighbours, as well as from other regional sources. Recently, there was a sudden, hopefully temporary, disruption in supply from Indonesia. We decided to release the stockpile at $30 per tonne to help industry tide over the disruption.

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