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20 years after Nicoll Highway collapse, construction industry stresses regular updates on safety protocols

20 years after Nicoll Highway collapse, construction industry stresses regular updates on safety protocols

“I see a lot of improvement over the 20 years as a result of the incident,” said Mr Ng. “Safety standards have increased and the level of design check has also increased significantly, pushing Singapore’s design standards to a higher level.” Still, there’s no room for complacency. The future holds new challenges for construction in Singapore, with underground areas getting increasingly crowded and climate change leading to rising sea levels. Mr Ng said more precautions need to be put in place, and those in the construction sector need to be more vigilant than ever. “As the sea level rises, deep excavation projects will face higher water pressure that will exert more force on walls. There will also be risks of leakage, which could cause floods and put workers’ lives in danger,” he said. Increases in temperature changes will also cause more expansion and contraction of building material, risking structural integrity, he said. Following the tragedy, he worked as a project manager at the site until the completion of the Nicoll Highway MRT station along the …

COE quota to increase in February-April quarter, but at much slower rate

COE quota to increase in February-April quarter, but at much slower rate

SINGAPORE: The Certificate of Entitlement (COE) quota for the February to April quarter will go up by just 2 per cent, a sharp drop in the rate of increase from the previous quarter. The COE supply jumped 27 per cent in the quarter from November 2023 to January 2024. There will be a total of 14,707 COEs for the quarter starting in February, with the quotas increased for categories A, B, and C, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on Monday (Jan 29). The quota for goods vehicles and buses – in category C – will be 4 per cent higher than the previous quarter, with 1,170 COEs available. For larger cars in Category B, the supply will go up by 3 per cent compared with the previous quarter. There will be 3,895 COEs available. For Category A – mainly used for smaller mass-market cars – the quota will be 5,609, a 2 per cent increase compared to the previous quarter. The authority will also bring forward the guaranteed deregistrations of five-year non-extendable Category D COEs “to reduce quota …

Worker dies after falling 7.5m at Jurong Region Line MRT construction site

Worker dies after falling 7.5m at Jurong Region Line MRT construction site

SINGAPORE: A construction worker at a Jurong Region Line work site died in the early hours of Jan 4 after he fell about 7.5m over the edge of the uncompleted platform. The accident occurred at about 2.30am along Jurong West Street 75, where the upcoming Gek Poh station will be located.  The worker, a 27-year-old Myanmar national, was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital where he died of his injuries.  All work activities at the site were stopped immediately, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in response to queries on Saturday (Jan 6), adding that it takes a “serious view” of safety incidents. “A safety timeout was also imposed on all worksites. We are also assisting the Ministry of Manpower with its investigations into the accident,” it added. “We share our deepest condolences with the family of the deceased worker and are working with our contractors to provide them with support and assistance.” In its statement, the Manpower Ministry said that the worker was erecting a platform when he fell. It added that as a general safety …

Cat A COE down to S,010 as premiums for cars plunge in first exercise of 2024

Cat A COE down to S$65,010 as premiums for cars plunge in first exercise of 2024

SINGAPORE: Most Certificate of Entitlement (COE) premiums closed lower on Thursday (Jan 4), with Category A and B premiums falling to their lowest levels since early 2022. The premium for Category A cars, or those 1,600cc and below with horsepower not exceeding 130bhp, closed at S$65,010, down from S$85,000 in the previous exercise. This is the lowest figure since February 2022. The premium for Category B, for larger and more powerful cars, fell from S$110,001 to S$85,010, dropping to a level not seen since January 2022. Open Category COEs, which can be used for any vehicle type but end up being used mainly for large cars, also fell – from S$118,388 to S$106,338 COEs for commercial vehicles, which include goods vehicles and buses, fell to S$67,599 from S$69,423 in the previous bidding exercise. Motorcycle premiums closed at S$9,114, up from S$9,002. A total of 3,303 bids were received, with a quota of 2,422 COEs available. The COE quota for the November 2023 to January 2024 quarter was increased from the previous quarter, bringing the total supply of COEs to …

‘The right direction’: LTA chief Scott Lloyd says British tennis is on the up | Wimbledon 2023

The Lawn Tennis Association has insisted British tennis is heading in the right direction a decade since Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon win – although it concedes that more needs to be done. Speaking exclusively to the Guardian, the LTA chief executive, Scott Lloyd, pointed out that Britain now had more players in the top 200 than at any time in the last 40 years – and was also the only country, apart from Spain, to have produced both male and female grand slam singles champions in the past decade. On the eve of Murray’s first-round Wimbledon match against the British No 7 Ryan Peniston, Lloyd also claimed the grassroots game was booming, with 10% of the country picking up a racket at least once a year. “In 2013, Andy was the only British male player in the top 200 in the world,” he said. “Recently we’ve had four men in the top 50 in the world. In 2013 we had three women in the top 150, now we have double that number. Overall, during the …