Tighten rules on infinity pool installations

Last Friday's incident, in which a condo pool's glass panels came crashing down to the ground, shows that there should be stricter regulations concerning such installations ("Loud shattering sound as condo pool's glass panels crash down"; last Saturday).

That the glass railing - a row of glass panels that act as a safety barrier on the outer edge of the swimming pool - fell off for seemingly no reason is ironic. What was erected for safety became a hazard in itself.

As stated in the report, there are prerequisites for glass that is used as a safety barrier, including the use of laminated glass "designed to withstand horizontal loading determined in accordance with prescribed standards".

Experts said the accident could have been caused by a design or construction flaw, poor glass quality or an inferior pool system.

That the glass railing - a row of glass panels that act as a safety barrier on the outer edge of the swimming pool - fell off for seemingly no reason is ironic. What was erected for safety became a hazard in itself.

As infinity pools have become more popular in recent years, we are now faced with a difficult issue: More such installations could mean more such accidents.

The Building and Construction Authority should tighten the control on such installations.

Seow Joo Heng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2016, with the headline 'Tighten rules on infinity pool installations'. Print Edition | Subscribe