Updated: 08/04/2014 19:31

Regulatory framework on escalator safety being reviewed: BCA

Regulatory framework on escalator safety being reviewed: BCA

The Building and Construction Authority, BCA, says it's in the process of reviewing the regulatory framework for escalator safety. 

This could include regulations on their maintenance as well as heavier penalties for non-compliance. 

The authority issued this response to media queries following an incident yesterday in which a part of an escalator leading to a children's education centre in Forum The Shopping Mall gave way. 

No one was hurt. 

BCA says there is currently no regulation on the maintenance of escalators. 

However, it adds that Singapore Standards CP15 specifies that escalators must be maintained once a month and undergo testing once a year. 

BCA says building owners are responsible for maintenance of their escalators and are expected carry out maintenance in accordance with the recommendations in the Code. 

Under the Code, escalators are also required to undergo functional testing every year, to ensure that safety devices such as brakes are in good working condition.

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