Scaffolding accident at Vivocity building site, injuring 3 workers

February 1, 2007

SINGAPORE : Three workers sustained minor injuries and were sent to the hospital after a 23-metre scaffolding at Vivocity construction site collapsed suddenly around 9.30pm on Thursday.

The contractor Penta Ocean said 11 workers were there when the scaffolding gave way.

All were wearing harnesses and the three who were hurt fell from some 8 metres.

The rest of the workers managed to crawl out to safety.

Civil Defence officers called off the operation over an hour later when all the workers were accounted for.

It is believed those injured were spraying mortar on the facade of the building to construct a feature wall due to be completed in 10 days.

The scaffolding, made of galvanised steel, had been put up some two months ago.

Vivocity touted as Singapore’s largest shopping mall is scheduled to open later this year and it is unclear when construction work can start again after this incident.

Shae Hung Yee, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Mapletree Investments, said: “At this point we don’t know what the impact will be. MOM (Manpower Ministry) has to investigate but hopefully it won’t impact us that much but we have to let investigation take place and then find out from them.”

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