SINGAPORE – Concrete has fallen from two columns and exposed steel beams have been exposed along the fourth-floor corridor at 91 Tampines Street. Concerns have been raised among residents that falling concrete could injure passengers.
Many of the six-aisle concrete columns and beams appear to have large cracks, with six units reported by Chinese evening newspaper Lianhe Wanbao on Thursday (November 19).
A 20-year-old resident who did not deny the name told Wanbaori earlier this year that he saw concrete falling in front of his home and falling on a shoe rack.
He said his family didn’t think much of it at first but his concern was heightened when cracks in many columns appeared in recent months.
Residents said the falling concrete could hit neighbors who were walking along the hallway or injure people on the ground floor.
In response to questions from The Straits Times, a spokesman for the Construction and Construction Authority (BCA) said on Thursday that the crack in the columns did not affect the structural integrity of the building.
The authority added that it had inspected the damaged block after being warned to give its opinion on Tuesday, and has since ordered the council to carry out the necessary corrective work.
Tampines City Council told ST that they have contacted residents and “arranged the necessary corrective work.”
The council added that the block will be repaired and refurbished next year.
“However, we will inspect the surrounding blocks to prevent a similar incident from happening,” he said.
The affected block is 37 years old. According to Wanbao, the remaining floors are free of falling concrete or cracks that form in the columns.
Another resident of the same block, who only wanted to know him by name like Lee, said cracks also form in the ceiling of his unit, which he has repaired several times in the past three years.
The 64-year-old, who works in the security industry, said he had previously spent about $ 6,000 to repair the ceiling, but cracks re-emerged this year.
He added that the crack in the ceiling caused a downward pressure change and as a result he was unable to fully open one of his sliding windows.