BCA to step up lift checks, review lift regulations, says Minister Lawrence Wong

A man standing at the lift lobby of Blk 317 Ang Mo Kio Street 31. A 36-year-old Indonesian maid fell in one of the lifts after it suddenly shot up 17 floors.
A man standing at the lift lobby of Blk 317 Ang Mo Kio Street 31. A 36-year-old Indonesian maid fell in one of the lifts after it suddenly shot up 17 floors. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN TAN

SINGAPORE - The authorities here will be stepping up checks on passenger lifts and reviewing regulations in the light of a recent spate of lift incidents.

Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said on Friday (March 11) that he has asked the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to carry out these measures.

He wrote in a Facebook post: "There have been a series of lift incidents recently. The lift owners have appointed experts to look into the incident lifts and the investigations are still pending."

Mr Wong added: "In the interim, I've asked the Building and Construction Authority (Singapore) to step up its own independent audit checks of passenger lifts around Singapore, especially in our HDB flats.

"This may cause some disruption to lift operations and inconvenience to residents. I seek your patience and understanding on this matter. We want to be thorough in our checks and cannot compromise on safety."

 
 

The BCA will also "review and update" lift regulations later this year, said Mr Wong, so as to "enhance our standards and ensure compliance with these standards by all lift owners, manufacturers and contractors".

Recent lift incidents have all involved lifts in HDB blocks. The latest reported case occurred on Monday (March 7)  in Ang Mo Kio, when a 36-year-old Indonesian maid fell in the lift after it suddenly shot up 17 floors. She was subsequently trapped in the lift.

Last October, an 85-year-old Jurong resident's hand was severed by the doors of the lift she was in. The elderly woman also fell and broke her leg. In January, a lift at Edgefield Plains was suspended from operation after one of its inner doors stayed open while the lift moved.