[UPDATE on Jan. 9 at 7:35pm: This article has been updated with a statement from Perennial (Singapore) Retail Management Pte Ltd.]
A man was taken to the hospital after he fell through a hole in the ceiling above the fourth floor at Chinatown Point on Sunday (Jan. 9) afternoon.
A YouTube video showing the man lying on the ground at the second floor of the mall’s atrium was uploaded on Jan. 9 by local internet personality Kurt Tay.
In the video, onlookers can be heard conferring among themselves in Chinese and Hokkien, with some concerned passersby heard inquiring as to whether anyone had called for an ambulance.
They are also heard talking about how a “wooden board” gave way.
Onlookers are also saying that it would be best to wait for the ambulance to arrive, and not to move the injured man in the meantime.
Man fell from ceiling above fourth floor
According to Tay, the injured man was a worker who fell after a part of the ceiling broke.
A loud sound was heard as well, said Tay.
In the video, police officers are seen at the scene, and one of them appeared to be speaking to a man wearing a “Security” shirt while gesturing above at the hole in the ceiling.
Shortly after that, a group of people in personal protective equipment arrive and carry the man away on a stretcher, as a crowd of onlookers watch from the third and fourth floor.
The ceiling panel which allegedly gave way was located just beneath a large flat-screen display that overlooks the mall’s atrium.
One person conveyed to SGH
Responding to queries from Mothership , Perennial (Singapore) Retail Management Pte Ltd said that the man was “a worker appointed by the property’s MCST to perform scheduled works”.
He fell from a restricted access area on Level 4 and landed on the corridor on Level 2, said Perennial in its statement.
The statement added:
“A security officer on duty rendered immediate assistance while the property’s management team called the ambulance.
The injured worker, who was conscious, was conveyed to Singapore General Hospital at 3.34pm.
No one else was hurt in this incident.
The incident area on Level 4 remains closed off. We are working closely with the property’s MCST and relevant authorities to investigate the incident.”
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) told Mothership that it responded to a call for assistance at 133 New Bridge Road — the address of Chinatown Point — at around 3:30pm.
The police said they were “alerted to an industrial accident” at the same time, adding that a 28-year-old man was conscious when conveyed to the hospital.
Top image via video by Kurt Tay on YouTube
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