Two of five workers injured in Bt Batok blast still in hospital

The industrial incident on Monday on the 11th floor of Enterprise Centre in Bukit Batok originated from a unit occupied by ZTP. The blast damaged a pipe which supplies gas to the 11th floor.
The industrial incident on Monday on the 11th floor of Enterprise Centre in Bukit Batok originated from a unit occupied by ZTP. The blast damaged a pipe which supplies gas to the 11th floor.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Three out of five workers injured in a blast at an industrial building in Bukit Batok on Monday have since been discharged from hospital, but two are still being treated for cuts and burns.

Mr Phang Kwee San, one of the directors of ZTP Ginseng Birdnest, gave an update yesterday on the state of his workers days after the industrial accident at its premises.

He said that all the workers were covered by insurance and added that investigations into the source of the blast were ongoing.

The industrial incident on Monday on the 11th floor of Enterprise Centre in Bukit Batok originated from a unit occupied by ZTP.

According to a report by Lianhe Zaobao, the blast damaged a pipe which supplies gas to the 11th floor of Enterprise Centre.

OPERATIONS DISRUPTED

The factory currently still has two to three days of reserves, although if operations are unable to resume comprehensively before Sept 13, the supply of pies in the following days might be affected, and the loss is estimated to be over $10,000.

A WORKER AT DON YOUR PERSONAL PIE, a pie supplier whose gas supply has been disrupted by the blast.

Other businesses in the building told the Chinese daily that the blast had also disrupted their operations.

A worker with Don Your Personal Pie, which supplies pies to five shops islandwide, said it is now running on its reserves.

"The factory currently still has two to three days of reserves, although if operations are unable to resume comprehensively before Sept 13, the supply of pies in the following days might be affected, and the loss is estimated to be over $10,000.

"We are all anxiously waiting, hoping that the gas supply would resume as soon as possible," said the worker.

Similarly, the owner of Green & Fresh, a fruit and vegetable retailer located on the same floor as ZTP, said: "When the incident occurred, there was a violent vibration in my factory. Afterwards, part of the ceiling collapsed.

"We are in contact with the insurance company, and are waiting for the investigation results to be released to settle compensation matters."

On Monday, the Singapore Civil Defence Force had dispatched a fire engine, three Red Rhinos, three ambulances and three support vehicles to the scene.

The Building and Construction Authority, in a statement on the same day, confirmed that the structural integrity of the Enterprise Centre building, including that of other units, was not affected by the explosion.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2017, with the headline 'Two of five workers injured in Bt Batok blast still in hospital'. Print Edition | Subscribe