31 Oct '17, 10am

SMRT flooding incident: Maintenance works not done on 3 occasions; staff involved suspended

SMRT flooding incident: Maintenance works not done on 3 occasions; staff involved suspended

SINGAPORE - Preliminary investigations by train operator SMRT have found that a maintenance team in charge of a pump system, which eventually failed and caused a massive 20-hour disruption, signed off on work that they had not done. The manager and staff responsible for the maintenance of the Bishan pump system have been suspended and are assisting in investigations, said SMRT in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 31) evening. Records for quarterly maintenance works for December 2016, as well as in March and June this year were submitted but investigations found that track access approvals were not issued for these dates. "Further pump records for the same dates show that the pumps were not activated on the stated maintenance dates, which would have been required as part of the maintenance procedure had the work been actually done," said the rail operator in a statement to the me...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/smrt-floo...

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