Construction worker taken to hospital after concrete beam collapses in Queenstown

Construction worker taken to hospital after concrete beam collapses in Queenstown

A worker was taken to hospital after a large concrete beam collapsed at a construction site at 132 Margaret Drive in Queenstown on Saturday (Mar 2). Eugenia Lim reports. 

SINGAPORE: A worker was taken to hospital after a large concrete beam collapsed at a construction site at 132 Margaret Drive in Queenstown on Saturday (Mar 2). 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said on Facebook that it responded to the incident at about 4.35pm. 

It added that a large concrete beam from a building under construction had collapsed from the upper floors onto a multi-storey carpark on its lower floors.

Concrete beam collapse at Margaret Drive construction site
The large concrete beam that collapsed at a construction site at 132 Margaret Drive on Mar 2, 2019. (Photo: SCDF)

A construction worker suffered a head injury and was taken to the National University Hospital as a result of the incident, SCDF said. 

It added: "SCDF has completed its search operations at the construction site and no other injuries were reported."

The worker was injured by the debris, the Housing and Development Board (HDB) wrote in a Facebook post.

It added that all construction work at the Build-To-Order (BTO) site have stopped so it can conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.

The beam was for a link bridge at the construction site and it damaged part of the roof and facade of the multi-storey carpark when it fell, HDB said. 

"Our engineers have assessed the site and confirmed the structural integrity of the buildings is not compromised," it added.

"We are also working with the contractor to render all possible assistance to the injured worker."

The Manpower Ministry also said it was alerted to the incident and is investigating.

In a statement on Sunday, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said a precast beam from a link bridge had fallen from the 27th floor onto the roof of a seven-storey carpark that was below it.

The beam then fell off the edge of the building and landed on the ground. 

"A worker in the multi-storey carpark was hurt by debris and was sent to the hospital for treatment," said the authority. 

BCA added that it will be issuing a stop-work order and will be investigating the incident

Source: CNA/na(mi)/zl

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