A view of Block 317, Ang Mo Kio Street 31, where the incident occurred. Photo: Google Street View.
The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Ang Mo Kio Town Council are investigating an incident on Monday night (Mar 7) in which a lift shot up 17 floors, trapping a domestic helper for about 90 minutes.
The lift at Block 317, Ang Mo Kio Street 31 has been shut down in the meantime, as BCA officials and staff from the town council carry out probes at the site.
The maid, who was freed by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) with the help of a lift technician, was reported to have fallen down, hitting her back on the floor. She declined to be taken to hospital, said the SCDF.
She was heading to pick up her employer’s children at about 7.15pm that day. As the lift descended from the fifth floor to the ground floor, the doors opened partially before shutting again and moving up to the third floor.
After a brief pause, the lift shot up to the 20th floor, causing her to fall. The lift eventually came to a stop between the 19th and 20th floor. The “door open” button in the lift was reportedly unresponsive all this while. She was rescued at about 9pm.
In January this year, a lift at Block 114, Edgefield Plains was suspended from use after it continued to move even though one of its car door panels was still open.
On Oct 9 last year, an elderly woman’s hand was severed by lift doors in a freak accident in Tah Ching Road. Madam Khoo Bee Hua, 85, had entered the lift before her leashed pet dog. When the doors closed, the dog was stuck in the lobby with its leash straddled across the lift doorway.
An independent authorised examiner who inspected that lift has found that the safety devices of the lift were working properly that day.
Read the original TODAY report here.