Concrete slabs fall from Orchard Towers carpark

Concrete slabs fall from Orchard Towers carpark
Concrete slabs landed on the road after a vehicle hit a wall on the third storey carpark at Orchard Towers on 1 December 2013. No one was injured in the incident.

SINGAPORE- The 38-year-old, who posted a picture of what he saw on citizen journalism website Stomp yesterday, said: "If anyone had walked past when the concrete fell, he could have been killed."

Yesterday morning, a brick wall on the third storey of the carpark at Orchard Towers broke off and fell after it was hit by a vehicle. No one was injured.

When contacted by The Straits Times, a spokesman for the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) revealed that at 1.15pm yesterday, it was notified by police about the incident. Its engineers reached the site at about 2pm. "We understand from the building management representative present that it was due to an impact from a vehicle. It was also observed that the area below the broken facade had been cordoned off," she said.

She added that there was no structural damage to the building. "The building management has proceeded to engage a professional engineer to investigate and recommend appropriate repairs."

Sales assistant Emily Tan, 60, who works in Zener D.I.Y. Store in Orchard Towers, said that she heard a "very loud sound" around "9 plus".

"It's a bit scary that the concrete can collapse like that, and this is a very old building."

Sales assistant Zailani Kamal, 48, who works at Jasons, The Gourmet Grocer on the first floor of the building, said: "Good thing it happened on a Sunday morning when we don't have any deliveries, because that's the area where deliveries are done."

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