HDB lift


Last month, a Singapore family in Tampines narrowly escaped injury from a faulty lift.

Similar to the freak accident in China where a nurse playing with her phone was decapitated, the lift had moved with the doors open.

Mr Terence Lim, his wife and his two sons were in the Tampines lift. His 5 year-old son had his foot out of the door when it suddenly ascended. 

Fortunately, Mr Lim, 44, was alert and quickly pulled his son back into the lift. The lift had suddenly moved up half a level at the 7th floor where the family was about to exit. 

The lift stopped half-way up the floor and the doors only closed after the family pressed the alarm button repeatedly. The maintenance sign in the elevator flashed and the lift took them to the 10th storey where they quickly exited the elevator. 

The family of 4 were the only ones in the elevator at the time and were all fortunate to have escaped injury. 

See video of the incident in China here:

When this video first surfaced in Singapore, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and lift manufacturers gave assurances that such incidents would not occur in Singapore. 

"This is because lifts in Singapore are fitted with sensors and mechanisms to ensure that they do not fall suddenly, endangering the lives of passengers. Lifts here are also controlled by a code of practice, which ensures that they are maintained regularly."

Despite BCA's assurances, it is clear that similar incidents have occurred in Singapore such as Mr Lim's case. There was also another incident last month where a lift in a multi-story carpark had dropped suddenly shortly after the doors had closed, causing one of the passengers inside to suffer a fractured leg [link].

Netizen, Jason Lee, commented on the issue, saying:

Tampines Town Council, go check all the lifts before somebody gets killed. This is serious matter.

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