Crane falls in Siglap Plain, crashing into two properties; no injuries reported

A crane toppled sideways at a construction site in Siglap Plain on Dec 2, 2016.
A crane toppled sideways at a construction site in Siglap Plain on Dec 2, 2016.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - A loud crash startled residents and workers at a small Siglap road on Friday (Dec 2) morning when a crane toppled sideways at a construction site, damaging the roof of a neighbouring house and the wall of another.

"It happened in a few seconds," said Mr Karuppan, 38, a construction worker in an adjacent site who witnessed the incident that happened around 10.40am at Siglap Plain, which is off Changi Road.

He added that workers appeared to be lifting concrete when the crane "overloaded and toppled".

The Straits Times understands that no one was injured.

"I thought I was dreaming when I saw what happened," said Ms Kerstin Dahl, an expatriate living across the road from the site. She added that it was pure luck that she did not end up a casualty.

The 57-year-old was preparing to leave the house when she heard the bang.

"One of my neighbours was outside her house, and looked quite upset," she added.

When The Straits Times visited the site, an owner of one of the damaged houses described the incident as "disastrous" but declined to be interviewed further.

The other house, which had a hole in the roof, appeared to be unoccupied.

In February, a mobile crane crashed into a Housing Board block in Woodlands Town Centre.

It skidded off the road and fell onto its side, leaving a hole around 2m wide in the side of a POSB bank branch.