Scaffolding collapses at Singapore construction site
SINGAPORE, July 18 — An underground scaffolding has collapsed at a construction site for the Downtown Line this morning, at the junction of Victoria Street and Rochor Road.
A Land Transport Authority (LTA) spokesperson said that at about 6.50am, the temporary scaffolding "used for the construction of the new Downtown Line Bugis Station subway link roof slab" gave way.
This scaffolding structure was about 4 metres high, and the area affected measures about 5 metres by 10 metres.
Eight workers who were working on top of the structure were injured and sent to the nearby Raffles Hospital. One worker has since been discharged. At the time of report, another two workers are still unaccounted for, said the LTA.
LTA engineers and personnel have been mobilised on site to assist SCDF and the Police to manage the situation. The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) got the call at 7.20am, and was on scene by 7.25am. Firefighters are being sent down to search for the two workers.
The LTA added: "The DTL Bugis station structure is substantially complete and structurally sound. The incident poses no risk to surrounding developments and the public."
MRT operations at Bugis MRT station have not been affected, but road traffic in the Bugis area is crawling.
A caller to the MediaCorp hotline, Ms Ferlander Cheah, said she saw police and SCDF vehicles, as well as a search dog at the site outside Bugis Junction when she was on her way to work at about 9am. — Today