SINGAPORE – A portion of a multi-story carpark in Shenton Way collapsed while it was undergoing a phased demolition process.
The incident occurred at a construction site which was also the former location of the UIC building.
Eyewitnesses said it seemed like a scaffolding had collapsed.
SCDF personnel and search dogs conducted two search operations at the site. All 19 workers who were working in the are were accounted for and one worker was sent to Singapore General Hospital.
Mr Jack Yu, a ship broker working at the DBS building opposite the construction site, said a loud boom was heard at around 4.40pm.
“It was a very loud bang, like boom, and then the ground shook for a while. The construction site has been there for the past month, so we are used to the hammering sound and things like that but suddenly when the loud boom – we thought something must have happened,” he said.
“We noticed there was some smoke coming out, but it was actually dust, not actually smoke. When the dust has settled we noticed that half of the construction building that is being demolished had collapsed.”
Mr Yu added that the accident caused shaking at the DBS building for a few seconds.
He said SCDF personnel and police arrived at the scene around 20 to 30 minutes later.
Mr Yu added DBS building management has sent out an email to assure those in the building that the building is safe. CHANNEL NEWS ASIA