Clearly label areas unsafe to be stepped on

The recent accident at the linkway between Orchard Central and Orchard Gateway brings to mind an accident years ago, when a young woman stepped onto an indoor roof panel to retrieve a toy.

She fell through the panel and was badly injured.

It is not easy to visually distinguish between a structurally strong panel that can support human weight and one that is flimsy.

Flimsy structures should be labelled. Perhaps building owners could borrow from the aerospace industry, which labels moving parts of the aeroplane wing with clear "No Step" labels.

Chow Siew Loong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2017, with the headline 'Clearly label areas unsafe to be stepped on'. Print Edition | Subscribe