Building structure, lift ops not affected by paper in wall: HDB

A resident of Block 729 Woodlands Circle saw paper wrappers stuffed in a gap between the metal frame of the lift door and the wall during renovation works and was worried about the block's structural safety.
A resident of Block 729 Woodlands Circle saw paper wrappers stuffed in a gap between the metal frame of the lift door and the wall during renovation works and was worried about the block's structural safety.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

But it says contractors must use only approved materials and rectify any problems discovered

Paper wrappers were found stuffed inside a wall at a Woodlands Housing Board block lift landing, raising concerns among some residents.

A resident of Block 729 Woodlands Circle saw the wrappers exposed during renovation works and was worried about the block's structural safety, Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported on Saturday.

The man, who did not wish to be named, said that paper was stuffed in a gap between the metal frame of the lift door and the wall in both the 10th and 11th floors of the block in August.

Replying to queries from The Straits Times, HDB said on Monday it was likely that when the building was first built, the contractor had intended to fill a small gap caused by "localised misalignment between the beam and lift door jamb" to facilitate tiling work.

"Although it does not affect the structure of the building or the operation of the lift, the method used by the building contractor is not an acceptable industry practice," HDB said.

It added that contractors are required to adhere to approved drawings and use only approved materials. Contractors found not doing so during checks will be required to rectify the situation.

In a separate incident reported in Chinese-language daily Lianhe Wanbao on Saturday, a woman found cardboard, broken tiles and electrical wiring stuffed into the walls of her Tampines home.

 

The flat had been undergoing scheduled redevelopment works under the Government's Home Improvement Programme.

HDB told ST on Monday that the board was investigating the issue.

The Shin Min reader said he had e-mailed HDB on the issue in Woodlands, citing fears of a repeat of an earlier August incident in a Tampines HDB block.

ST had reported that HDB was investigating a renovation contractor who placed newspapers in the sidewalls of a Tampines flat's balcony.

The board said then the flat was structurally sound, and added that it was looking into the incident and would take action against the contractor if found to be errant.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2018, with the headline 'Building structure, lift ops not affected by paper in wall: HDB'. Print Edition | Subscribe