HDB to find out if sunshade was installed properly

Cables supporting the sunshade on the third floor of Block 201E, Tampines Street 23 as a safety measure after the one above landed on it.
Cables supporting the sunshade on the third floor of Block 201E, Tampines Street 23 as a safety measure after the one above landed on it.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

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 Housing Board flat at Block 201E, Tampines Street 23 dislodged partially and landed on the sunshade of the floor below. No one was hurt.

Responding to queries, HDB said one of the areas of investigation includes whether the sunshade 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, and 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.

Town council staff also did visual checks of nine blocks in the area and found no physical signs of cracks, said the town council on its Facebook page.

Carolyn Khew

Janice Tai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 27, 2016, with the headline 'HDB to find out if sunshade was installed properly'. Print Edition | Subscribe