Safety measures needed to prevent falls

I read with horror the news that a teenager fell to his death from the fourth floor of Orchard Central last Friday afternoon (Teen fell after ledge gave way under his weight; Feb 25).

He was reported to have leaped over the glass balustrade of the link bridge between Orchard Central and Orchard Gateway, and onto the non-structural ledge.

This unfortunate incident could have been avoided if there were prominent warning signs on the glass balustrade, or if the height of the glass panel was higher, so it cannot be climbed over with such ease.

Shopping malls should also have high safety glass panels along the escalators, like Jem mall in Jurong East has. This is an effective measure to prevent falls.

Carparks in public buildings should also have clearly-marked pedestrian routes to the exits.

Can building owners go beyond statutory requirements, and be more proactive in anticipating risks to public safety?

Loong Chik Tong

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 28, 2017, with the headline 'Safety measures needed to prevent falls'. Print Edition | Subscribe