Sharp drain grates slice through woman’s knee after she trips; is LTA, SLA or town council responsible?

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A Singapore woman has questioned which government agency is responsible for the design flaw at the drains at Paya Lebar after the sharp metal bars on the drain slice through her knee after she tripped and fell at the junction of Paya Lebar Road junction, in front of electrical shop Best Tech Group of Companies.

The woman, Facebook user Dot Little, had crossed the road at the junction at 2.30pm on 12 March when she slipped on the metal drain cover and landed on her knees on the ground. Little was shocked to find that metal bars of the drain cover had been so sharp that it sliced through her flesh:

“I just finished lunch with my colleague at City plaza , we crossed the traffic light at Paya lebar Road junction , right in front of Best Tech Group of Companies a shop that sells lightings and Aircon. There were a long stretch of metal covering by the roadside.
“I felt myself slipping as on the metal covering, fell and landed on my knees supported by my palms
“As I lift my knees off the metal covering , I realized the metal bars were sharp and they sliced thru my knee cap , as I tried to cup my knee I realized I was holding my my own raw loose flesh , blood was spouting from it and drenched my white sneakers”

Little wrote online that she was grateful for the passers-by who immediately offered their help. One gentleman helped to keep her knee upright in an attempt to stop the blood flow and another lady cradled Little’s head and consoled her that help is on the way.

The injured woman eventually ended up in Raffles Hospital and found that her wound required 20 stitches. She questioned which government agency is responsible for such a poor drain design:

“I ended up in Raffles Hospital with 20 stitches on my knee . My question is which government board is responsible for such a bad design flaw ? Is it Land Transport Authority or Singapore Land Authority ? Town council ? Which town council does Paya Lebar Road comes under ? They need to look into the metal covering and make sure this unfortunate incident does not happen again.”

Read her full post here:

12/3/18. 230 pm . I just finished lunch with my colleague at City plaza , we crossed the traffic light at Paya lebar…

Posted by Dot Little on Monday, 12 March 2018

“I just finished lunch with my colleague at City plaza , we crossed the traffic light at Paya lebar Road junction , right in front of Best Tech Group of Companies a shop that sells lightings and Aircon. There were a long stretch of metal covering by the roadside.

“I felt myself slipping as on the metal covering, fell and landed on my knees supported by my palms

“As I lift my knees off the metal covering , I realized the metal bars were sharp and they sliced thru my knee cap , as I tried to cup my knee I realized I was holding my my own raw loose flesh , blood was spouting from it and drenched my white sneakers 

“A few passers stop to help , all dishing out tissues and help me hold my knee up as my colleague, Jessie frantically called for ambulance . I particularly wish to say thank u to the gentleman who patiently hold my knee up to stop my blood sprouting like a piston, a kind lady who cradle my head in her arms consoling me that all will be well and ambulance is on the way. I was in such a panic state I did not even say thank u to these wonderful people .
Jessie ran into the lighting shop , Best tech to ask to borrow a chair , the boss of the shop told her “ no chair here “ , she explain to them somebody has a bad fall and bleeding badly and needed a chair to sit and wait for ambulance, the answer was still “ no chair here “. I wish the “ group of companies “ will have some kindness and social responsibility.. what does it cost u to lend a chair ??!! 

“I ended up in Raffles Hospital with 20 stitches on my knee . My question is which government board is responsible for such a bad design flaw ? Is it Land Transport Authority or Singapore Land Authority ? Town council ? Which town council does Paya Lebar Road comes under ? They need to look into the metal covering and make sure this unfortunate incident does not happen again. If u are a friend , I ask that u share this post to reach out to the correct government body to look into this matter . I also sincerely hope this post could reach to the kind gentleman and the lady who has greatly help me in my time of distress”