Rethink use of decorative ledges in high-rise buildings

It was sad to read about how 17-year-old Jonathan Chow Hua Guang fell from a link bridge at Orchard Central and died (Teen fell after ledge gave way under his weight; Feb 25).

It was reported that the seemingly solid-looking ledge that the teen set foot on was nothing more than a decorative plaster board casing.

The obvious question that surfaces is: Should such ledges be allowed in high-rise buildings?

What if officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force unwittingly use such a ledge in their rescue work?

I hope the authorities will look into ensuring that the use of these decorative ledges is discontinued immediately, to avoid any further incidents.

M. Lukshumayeh

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2017, with the headline 'Rethink use of decorative ledges in high-rise buildings'. Print Edition | Subscribe