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Concrete chunk falls from ceiling, narrowly misses housewife's head

May 7, 2012 - 2:29am

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PHOTO: Ng Jun Sen

Housewife Madam Jedah, 50, was washing rice at the sink of her fifth-storey, four-room HDB flat in Jurong East, when a chunk of concrete – about 25cm long and weighing 10kg – became dislodged from the ceiling and landed about a metre from where she was standing.

This happened at about 11.10am last Wednesday while workers who were renovating the flat directly above were hacking the floor of the unit.

Madam Jedah sustained minor bruises after some debris struck her waist and knee.

The owner of the renovation company, Mr Christopher Tan, said that the concrete that was dislodged from the ceiling had not been reinforced properly after previous works were done.

An HDB spokesman said the dislodged chunk of concrete had previously been used to seal an opening meant for sanitary pipe fittings.

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