Death-fall condo's barriers (The Straits Times Forum)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

We refer to the letters on the toddler’s fall at Hillview Green Condominium by Mr Yum Shoen Liang and Mr Michael Yeo on 23 March and 2 April 2013 respectively.

We are deeply saddened that a child has fallen through the balcony grilles at Hillview Green Condominium.

Our checks showed that the design of the safety barriers in the condominium complied with the relevant regulatory requirement in 1995 when the building plans were approved.

BCA regularly reviews Singapore’s building safety regulations to ensure they are comparable to international standards and in 2004, the requirements relating to safety barriers for residential buildings was revised. In addition, in 2007, a new requirement to prevent climbing of safety barriers by small children was introduced. Such practice and requirements are consistent with those in other countries including the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia.

BCA will continue to do regular reviews to ensure that the safety requirements for our buildings remain relevant.

Teo Orh Hai 
Director, Building Plan and Management 
Building and Construction Authority

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