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Safety procedures under review after Sentosa cable car mishap

The mishap involved a new cable way system under construction. It was due for completion in the first quarter of 2015, but work will now only resume after investigations by the Building and Construction Authority are completed.

SINGAPORE: Sentosa Development Corporation says it will review procedures to ensure operational safety after a cable car mishap on Sunday (Aug 10). 

The incident occurred around 4pm, and involved a new cable way system that is currently under construction. Two cable cars were travelling from the Flower Terrace Station towards Siloso Station. Just after Imbiah Station, the empty cabin in the front suddenly fell to the ground. A technical supervisor in the second cabin was moved to safety, after the three-hour shut-down due to the crash.

Construction work on the cable way system has stopped and the affected site remains closed. When our news team visited the site on Monday (Aug 11), the damaged cable car was still there.

Sentosa says the main contractor for the project is Austrian company Dopplemayr, but a sub-contractor was responsible for the work when the incident occurred. The project was due for completion in the first quarter of 2015, but work will now only resume after investigations by the Building and Construction Authority are completed.

Said Mr Kwoh Kok Kiong, Projects Director of Sentosa Leisure Group: "This particular cable way system is independent and separated from the Mount Faber cable car system. The Mount Faber cable car system is still operating safely and the public can continue to enjoy the ride into the island without any concern."

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