10-year-old girl hurt in Sengkang lift; ceiling panel improperly secured, says BCA

A 10-year-old girl was sent to KK Children's and Woman's Hospital after a ceiling panel in a Sengkang Housing Board block lift fell on her.
A 10-year-old girl was sent to KK Children's and Woman's Hospital after a ceiling panel in a Sengkang Housing Board block lift fell on her.PHOTOS: SHIN MIN

SINGAPORE - Building & Construction Authority (BCA) engineers have inspected other lifts nearby after a 10-year-old girl was injured when a lift ceiling panel fell on her.

BCA said that the accident probably happened because the ceiling parts were improperly secured to their support frame.

The girl had entered the lift at Block 325A, Sengkang East Way, with her family at about 1pm when the panel covering the lift lights fell.

It hit her forehead and her foot, Shin Min Daily News reported on Thursday (June 8).

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Her father, 43-year-old polytechnic lecturer Chung Koh Choon, told Shin Min that her foot kept bleeding, despite the family applying pressure to her wound with tissue paper.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force told ST it was alerted at 1.05pm and dispatched an ambulance.

A girl was taken to KK Children's and Woman's Hospital with minor injuries, it said.

A spokesman for Ang Mo Kio Town Council, which manages the block at Sengkang East Way said that the Town Council was alerted to the incident at 1.15pm on June 7.

"We had visited the child and her family in the evening to check on the status of her condition and injury and will render assistance by following up with the insurance company to process their medical bills," the spokesman said.

The lift was inspected by Building & Construction Authority (BCA) engineers, the lift contractor and town council staff.

Investigations by BCA and the lift contractor are still ongoing, he said.

The lift contractor is also conducting checks on lifts with the same design, which are to be completed by Friday, the town council said.

They are to "take any necessary actions to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future".

BCA added that the lift will be permitted to resume operation only after the works are carried out to its satisfaction.

"Our engineers also inspected the other lifts in the same block as well as four other lifts with similar design in the vicinity," BCA said. "We have reminded the lift owner to ensure that the parts in other lifts of similar design are properly secured."