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Woman hurt after lift shoots upwards

She says it shot up 9 floors before slamming into shaft ceiling, dislodging debris

Published on Dec 13, 2013 8:34 AM
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A notice to suspend the lift's operations for "rectification works" has been issued. The malfunction lay in the speed control system, which affected the position of the lift carriage, says the building's owner. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

A normal lift ride turned into a nightmare for Ms Fera Wirawan when the lift she was in malfunctioned and shot up nine floors without warning.

The 34-year-old, who works in a bank, told The Straits Times she was on her way to pick up her son from his Chinese enrichment class at Regency House on Penang Road last Saturday, when she entered the lift at the office building's Basement 1 carpark.

Ms Wirawan said her husband was about to follow her in when the lift bolted upwards at a faster speed than usual without the doors having closed completely.

She did not even have time to press the button for the third floor, where her son's enrichment centre is based.

 
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DANGEROUS SITUATION

What if kids, the elderly or pregnant women had been trapped? What if those heavy articles had struck the head or spine?

- Ms Fera Wirawan, whose shoulder was dislocated after a marble slab fell on her in the lift