Resident hurts leg when Boon Lay lift plunges and rises unexpectedly

A 65-year-old Boon Lay resident hurt her leg last Tuesday (Nov 15) when the lift at Block 207, Boon Lay Place, plunged unexpectedly.
A 65-year-old Boon Lay resident hurt her leg last Tuesday (Nov 15) when the lift at Block 207, Boon Lay Place, plunged unexpectedly. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO
A 65-year-old Boon Lay resident hurt her leg last Tuesday (Nov 15) when the lift at Block 207, Boon Lay Place, plunged unexpectedly.
A 65-year-old Boon Lay resident hurt her leg last Tuesday (Nov 15) when the lift at Block 207, Boon Lay Place, plunged unexpectedly. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - A 65-year-old Boon Lay resident hurt her leg last Tuesday (Nov 15) when the lift in her Boon Lay Housing Board block plunged unexpectedly from the third floor to the ground floor, then rose again to the second floor, Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao reported.

The lift, at Block 207, Boon Lay Place, is currently closed.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said that on Friday (Nov 18), it was alerted to an incident at the lift. BCA engineers, representatives from West Coast Town Council and the lift contractor visited the site to investigate.

"Based on BCA's investigations, there was an electronic fault that caused the lift to initiate a safety stop between the second and first storey until the lift re-levelled at the second storey," said a BCA spokesman.

The BCA said it has instructed West Coast Town Council to work with its lift contractor to do the necessary checks and rectifications to ensure that the issue is resolved.

Mr Patrick Tay, who is the Member of Parliament for the area, said he visited the resident at her home last Thursday after being informed of the incident by the town council that evening.

"In addition to current supervision, audits and checks of lifts in the constituency, I have requested the West Coast Town Council to conduct an additional round of checks of similar lifts across the constituency as a precautionary measure," he said.