Ceiling Board at Bukit Batok Walkway Suddenly Fell Off & Nearly Hit an Elderly

Covered walkways are a godsend during rainy days.

Especially when you hate slinging along an umbrella, and no rain-defying spells or waterproof coatings exist.

Yet, anyway.


Ceiling Board from Covered Walkway Breaks Off

It was a rainy afternoon on Tuesday (29 Mar) when an 83-year-old man was sauntering under the walkway that connected Block 171 and Block 173 at Bukit Batok West Avenue 8.

The almost-victim, who only wishes to be known as Mr Chen, told Shin Min Daily News that he heard a loud crack above head, before the ceiling slab came crashing down, close to his heel and narrowly missing him.


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It was a serious close shave.

According to Mr Chen’s observation, the wooden board was roughly one metre long.

He told the reporters that he had been living in the area for 36 years, and he rarely used this covered walkway unless it was raining. He never anticipated that the ceiling board would nearly fall on him, and he still feels a bit of trepidation when he recalls it.

The consequences would have been disastrous, had he taken the brunt impact of the falling board, and unlike Road Runner or Tom and Jerry, he wouldn’t be bouncing back up like jelly.

Apparently, a 60-year-old female resident by the surname of Chen was living nearby, and she admitted that she heard the loud thud as well.

She corroborated that she’s been living in her flat for more than 30 years, but this was the first time the ceiling board had dropped.

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Using a Recycling Bin to Warn Residents

Worried that the other residents might get hurt from the falling debris—especially since more pieces were already hanging on their last edges—Mr Chen thought he needed to do something to prevent any casualties.

An ingenious idea came to mind: he pushed over the recycling bin nearby to stop people from using the path. It might be blocking a part of the road, but people would quickly understand the warning once they caught sight of the exposed ceiling walkway and the shattered remains on the ground.

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When the Chinese newspaper reporters visited the site that night, they noted that the ceiling board has already been removed.


However, there were still bits of wood on the ground, and the area was obviously demarcated by the whites of the ceiling paint.

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