SINGAPORE – Five workers were injured in an industrial accident that caused the partial collapse of a wall at a factory building in Bukit Batok on Monday (Sept 11).
The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post at 11.43am that it responded to the incident at Enterprise Centre, located at 20 Bukit Batok Crescent, at around 11am.
In a subsequent update at 1pm, it said five injured workers had been taken to hospitals.
The accident had caused “significant damage” within the building’s premises. There was no fire and no one was trapped.
Ms Valerie Ong, an account manager at an IT firm who works in the building directly opposite Enterprise Centre, told The Straits Times she first heard a loud explosion at around 11am.
“The glass windows and furniture in my office were vibrating slightly. At first I thought it was thunder but only realised it was a real explosion,” said Ms Ong, who is in her 20s, “There was smoke coming out of several damaged windows.”
She added that she saw office workers evacuating from the building shortly after the explosion.
An eyewitness working in Enterprise Centre told citizen journalism website Stomp the explosion had come from a neighbouring unit. Photos she sent to Stomp showed parts of a wall and ceiling badly damaged, with debris strewn all over a stationary car.
SCDF dispatched a fire engine, three Red Rhinos, three ambulances and three support vehicles to the scene.
Investigations are ongoing.