The Straits Times
Published on Dec 11, 2012

Cases of fallen casement windows in Singapore hit a new high


The number of fallen casement windows has hit a new high, prompting the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to urge homeowners to take window safety seriously.

From January to November this year, 37 casement windows fell - the highest number of incidents compared to the past six years. It was found that majority of casement windows fell as a result of corroded aluminium rivets.

The BCA has been conducting blitz window inspections at HDB blocks and private estates that have previous cases of fallen casement windows. Out of 100 units that it had inspected in Jurong and Jalan Rajah recently, a total of 12 units have not retrofitted their casement windows with stainless steel rivets. The owners of these units were subsequently issued composition fines.

For failing to replace all aluminium rivets with stainless steel rivets, homeowners can face a penalty of up to S$5,000 and/or jail term of up to six months. In addition, if a window falls due to lack of maintenance, they could face up to a maximum fine of $10,000 and/or jail term of up to one year.