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Crane topples at Potong Pasir, no one injured

SINGAPORE — A crane at a condominium construction site in Potong Pasir toppled this afternoon (Feb 24), crushing the front gate of a house nearby, but no one was injured.

SINGAPORE — A crane at a condominium construction site in Potong Pasir toppled this afternoon (Feb 24), crushing the front gate of a house nearby, but no one was injured.

The worksite – for condominium Sant Ritz – is located on Pheng Geck Avenue near Potong Pasir MRT station. The police said they had received a call at about 4.55pm requesting for assistance.

According to construction workers, no one was in the crane when it collapsed, while a neighbour who identified herself as Ms Huang said that no one has been living in the affected house for a while.

Another resident of the area, who would only be known as Mr Lim, added that construction noise from the condominiums being built in the area was so loud that he had not realised a crane had toppled, until he saw what happened.

Workers from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said a lamp post was also damaged during the collapse and they are waiting to replace it one the crane has been removed.

As of 8pm, heavy lifting equipment were seen being brought in as part of efforts to remove the crane blocking the road.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has ordered work at the site to stop while investigations are ongoing. An MOM spokesperson said the occupier of the worksite is Santarli Construction, which had been contracted by Santarli Realty to build Sant Ritz.

“Officers from MOM’s Occupational Safety and Health Division commenced investigations immediately,” the spokesperson said. “Preliminary findings indicate that a crawler crane toppled at the worksite at about 5pm on 24 Feb 2015. No one was injured.”

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