Slow-Moving Collapse Probe Still Has Not Assigned Blame

Dasgupta, Saibal
December 2004
ENR: Engineering News-Record;12/20/2004, Vol. 253 Issue 24, p14
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This article reports that Singapore's mass-transit tunnel collapsed and the commission of inquiry has yet to determine why. The commission on August 2 began to investigate the April 20 collapse of the excavation for the Nicoll Highway Station on the Circle Line subway in which four workers were killed. It was being built under a $158-million contract by a joint venture of Nishimatsu Construction Co., Tokyo, and Singapore-based Lum Chang Building Contractors. Questions have been raised about whether the Nishimatsu/Lum Chang joint venture cut corners in the collapsed temporary structure and did the same with the permanent structure as well. The commission's interim report warned that the government should look closely at the design of temporary structures, and that this could be a problem in the engineering industry in the country as a whole. The inquiry commission warned the government it should look closely at design of temporary works.


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