Security guard badly hurt after condo gate collapses on him

A security guard, struggling to close a huge metal gate at a condominium, was badly injured when it unhinged and fell on him.

Mr Soman Marcel Pereira, 59, suffered a dislocated shoulder, a fractured pelvic bone and cracks on his backbone from the crash at Yong An Park condominium in River Valley Road.

"I will have to go for surgery in the next few days," he told The Straits Times yesterday from his bed in the high dependency unit at Singapore General Hospital.

The gate collapsed on Friday when Mr Soman was teaching a new colleague how to close it.

"It was about 10am and I was trying to shut it when suddenly it fell." The gate was to have been opened and shut with a switch which, however, was faulty, he said. He would carry out the task manually every morning.

leepearl@sph.com.sg