HDB investigating if rebars were installed properly in Tampines incident

SINGAPORE- The housing authorities are looking at whether the reinforcement bars for a dislodged sunshade were put in place following an incident at Tampines.

On Sunday, a 5m-long concrete sunshade outside a fourth floor HDB flat at Block 201E Tampines Street 23 dislodged partially and landed on the sunshade on the floor below . No one was hurt.

Responding to queries, HDB said one of the areas of investigation includes whether the shade had been installed properly. Rebars are typically used to support a building's structure.

"The investigation outcome will allow us to recommend suitable follow-up measures," said HDB, who also urged the public not to speculate on the cause of the incident.

As a precaution, detailed checks are also being carried out with Tampines Town Council in three neighbouring blocks with similar sunshades. They are Blocks 201A, 201B and 201D.

On Monday (Sept 26), town council staff also did visual checks on nine blocks in the area and found no physical signs of cracks, said Tampines Town Council on its Facebook page.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said that his GRC will be working with the authorities over the next few days to find out what inspections will be needed for similar sunshade designs.