23 Feb '11, 2pm

A contractor doing excavation works along the Central Expressway was fined $150,000 for damaging an electricity cable.

A CONTRACTOR doing excavation works along the Central Expressway has found out about the high cost of taking operational shortcuts. For Soon Yong Trading, cutting corners led to a fine of $150,000 this month for having damaged a high-voltage electricity cable that caused a mid-day blackout - and considerable inconvenience - to Ang Mo Kio and Bishan businesses, homes, shoppers, and commuters on the North-South MRT line last August. This happened because it had failed to dig enough 'trial holes' in the road that would have pinpointed the exact location of the underground electricity cable, despite being aware that it lay under its worksite, said the Energy Market Authority on Wednesday. Contractors are supposed to obtain electricity cable plans from SP PowerGrid (SPPG) and hire a licensed cable detection worker to determine the location of electricity cables in a worksite be...

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