Ceiling Collapse at Resorts World Sentosa Injures Four

Posted on: January 3, 2018, 01:00h. 

Last updated on: January 3, 2018, 11:52h.

Four individuals working at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore were injured when part of a ceiling board collapsed on Tuesday morning.

Resorts World Sentosa
Four workers suffered minor injuries when part of a ceiling collapsed at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. (Image: Straits Times/Ong Wee Jin)

The ceiling board, located in an area leading to the mezzanine gaming area of the casino, injured three renovation workers and a security officer.

According to a spokesperson for the resort, the collapse fell at a time when no patrons were nearby.

“There were no guests at that area during the incident,” the spokesperson told The Straits Times. “One security staff and three external contractors sustained minor injuries.”

Workers Released from Hospital Following Treatment for Injuries

Three of the injured men were taken to Singapore General Hospital, with the fourth receiving outpatient treatment at a clinic located at Resorts World Sentosa. Those who went to the hospital were all discharged the same day. Reportedly, the workers suffered minor head injuries as well as cuts and abrasions.

According to visitors, the collapse was startling, even if it wasn’t actually of any danger to gamblers.

“I heard a loud sound,” a 30-year-old visitor identified as John told Channel News Asia. “I think there was one person who was injured, but with very mild injuries…probably the corner of [the ceiling board] hit him.”

According to the resort spokesperson, the collapse occurred while workers were doing renovation work as part of enhancements to the venue. While further danger to visitors is unlikely, the facility will be doing everything it can to ensure there are no other problems before reopening the area.

“The safety of our guests and employees is our top priority,” the spokesperson said. “The mezzanine gaming area is temporarily closed and will resume operation after a thorough safety inspection is completed.”

Resorts World Sentosa Growing, But Still Second in Singapore

The relatively minor incident comes at a time when Resorts World Genting is experiencing significant growth at their Singapore property. Recently, the casino reported a 35 percent year-over-year improvement in third quarter profits, thanks in large part to receiving more play from both VIP and premium mass market gamblers.

That growth is welcome, as Genting is currently second in the two-horse race that is Singapore’s gaming market. Resorts World Sentosa is said to have about 38 percent market share in the country, while the Marina Bay Sands is the market leader thanks to its better location and other advantages.

But Genting has been taking steps to close that gap, including an increased focus on non-gaming attractions, where visitors have been spending more money in recent months.

One of the latest attractions to open is the Maritime Experiential Museum, which launched on December 29. According to Jason Horkin, senior vice president of attractions for the resort, the new museum is a celebration of mankind’s exploration of the seas.

“Our latest attraction, build with all-new immersive and interactive experiences, is sure to delight and engage all in the family,” Horkin said.