Ceiling collapses at Resorts World Sentosa casino; 4 injured

Ceiling collapses at Resorts World Sentosa casino; 4 injured

A Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel is seen outside the casino at Resorts World Sentosa on Jan 2, 2018. (Photo: Christy Yip)

SINGAPORE: Four people were injured after a ceiling collapsed at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) on Tuesday morning (Jan 2).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at 10.13am and that three people were taken to the Singapore General Hospital. Those hurt had head injuries, abrasions and cuts, SCDF said.

A fourth person injured was treated at RWS' in-house clinic, Channel NewsAsia understands.

A visitor to the casino, John, said he saw one affected worker being helped out.

"I heard a loud sound," the 30-year-old said. "I think there was one person who was injured, but with very mild injuries. The security guard helped him out, but it’s not very serious. Probably the corner of (the ceiling board) hit him."

When Channel NewsAsia visited the scene at noon, at least four police vehicles were parked outside the casino. 

RWS carpark
The scene outside the Resorts World Sentosa casino on Jan 2, 2018. (Photo: Ruyi Wong)

In an email to Channel NewsAsia, an RWS spokesperson said that a portion of the ceiling board had given way during enhancement works.

“A part of the ceiling board leading to the mezzanine gaming area of the casino fell off this morning when external contractors were carrying out enhancement works," the spokesperson said.

One security staff and three external contractors sustained minor injuries, he added. No guests were present at the area during the incident. 

The spokesperson said that the four injured parties were discharged after receiving outpatient treatment at the resort's clinic and hospital. 

"The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority."  

"The mezzanine gaming area is temporarily closed and will resume operation after a thorough safety inspection is completed,” he added. 

Source: CNA/ek