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Regulatory framework for escalator safety under review

Currently there are no regulations on the maintenance of escalators, but the Building and Construction Authority says it is reviewing this.

SINGAPORE: The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) says it is reviewing the regulatory framework for escalator safety, which could include regulations on maintenance of escalators. It was responding to queries from Channel NewsAsia following Sunday's (Aug 3) incident at Forum The Shopping Mall where part of an escalator gave way.

No one was hurt in the incident and the escalator has been cordoned off with safety barricades. BCA said that building owners are responsible for the maintenance of their escalators. They are expected to carry out maintenance once a month, according to the code of practice for the installation, operation and maintenance of escalators - the Singapore Standards CP15.

Escalator maker Kone stated that maintenance for the escalators at the mall, is carried out every month and it is currently carrying out investigations.  

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