Report on Jurong lift accident given to BCA

The investigation report on an accident in which an 85-year-old woman's hand was severed by a lift in Jurong has been submitted to the Building and Construction Authority.
The investigation report on an accident in which an 85-year-old woman's hand was severed by a lift in Jurong has been submitted to the Building and Construction Authority. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

The investigation report on an accident in which an 85-year-old woman's hand was severed by a lift in Jurong has been submitted to the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).

The report, by an authorised examiner appointed by Jurong Town Council, was handed in on Monday. The BCA is also likely to release its own assessment later this week.

In the accident last month, Madam Khoo Bee Hua is thought to have tried to stop the lift doors in Block 322, Tah Ching Road, where she lived, from closing before her dog could enter.

Her 59-year-old son, who wanted to be known only as Mr Lee, told The Straits Times his mother will likely have to spend another 10 weeks in Jurong Community Hospital.

He said his mother has not yet given her account of how the accident happened to family and friends.

"We still try to avoid talking to her about it, as we don't know how it will affect her."

Mr Lee said his daughter, 23, who recently graduated from the National University of Singapore, has put the brakes on her job hunt to help take care of her grandmother .

"Every day, she goes to the hospital to keep my mum company. She talks to her, flips the newspaper for her, asks her what she wants to eat, and goes out to buy it for her. Yesterday, it was bak kut teh."

His mum, said Mr Lee, appears to be trying to stay positive. "She smiles... and asks about her friends and relatives. But sometimes, when I am just sitting with her quietly, I sense that she is feeling sad."

  • Additional reporting by Yeo Sam Jo
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 04, 2015, with the headline 'Report on Jurong lift accident given to BCA'. Print Edition | Subscribe