70 days after the incident, a final investigation report from a professional engineer (PE) has concluded that the sun-breaker had dislodged from 201E at Tampines St 23 did not contain any reinforcement bars.
HDB said that the 73 other sun-breakers at the surrounding blocks that were built by the same contractor are adequately supported on columns and are safe. It added that this was consistent with the earlier ultrasound scans results.
Separately, the BCA said in a statement that the sunshade “dislodged because of the way it was constructed and not due to structural design”.
This is not the first time that external structures have fallen off structures.
In July, a plaster slab measuring 1.5 by 0.6 m fell from a height of 18 storeys from a block in Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4. Last December, a concrete slab measuring 3 by 1.8 m fell from a pedestrian bridge along Orchard.
In both incidents, there were no reported casualties.