BCA suspends Bukit Panjang lift after it 'over-ran' and injured 59-year-old woman

A sign indicating ongoing lift repairs in Block 150 Petir Road.
A sign indicating ongoing lift repairs in Block 150 Petir Road.PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
Residents living in Block 150 Petir Road are affected by ongoing major lift repairs.
Residents living in Block 150 Petir Road are affected by ongoing major lift repairs.PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES
A sign indicating ongoing lift repairs in Block 150 Petir Road.
A sign indicating ongoing lift repairs in Block 150 Petir Road.PHOTO: ALICIA CHAN FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - A 59-year-old Bukit Panjang resident was injured on Tuesday (June 7) after the lift she was in "over-ran", adding to the recent spate of accidents involving lifts in Housing Board blocks.

In a statement released on Thursday (June 9), the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said that it has suspended the operation of Lift A at 150 Petir Road for further investigation.

The Bukit Panjang resident was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital after the lift she was in reportedly shot up and down between floors.

She was warded for overnight observation and was discharged the next day (June 8).

Holland-Bukit Panjang Town Council, which maintains lifts in the estates, said it was notified of the incident at about 12.15pm on Tuesday.

BCA has asked the town council to appoint an independent authorised examiner to inspect the lift, recommend rectification works and submit the findings to the authority.

"The investigation and required rectification works must be carried out to the satisfaction of BCA, before the incident lift is allowed to resume operations," said a BCA spokesman, adding that the authority will be conducting its own independent investigations.

She added: "As a precautionary measure, BCA is conducting checks on other lifts within the vicinity of the incident."

The town council said that it will "extend its fullest cooperation to BCA, and the authorised examiner in their investigation".

It will also continue to offer assistance to the resident.