BCA suspends lift that severed woman's hand; Jurong Town Council to investigate incident

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) said it has suspended the lift from use while investigations are carried out. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - The lift that severed a woman's hand will be suspended from use while investigations are being carried out, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) has said.

In a statement on Friday, BCA said it has also asked the Jurong Town Council to appoint an authorised examiner to determine the cause of the incident.

An elderly woman's left hand was severed on Friday morning after it was caught in the lift doors at Blk 322 , Tah Ching Road in Jurong.

BCA's full statement is below:

"BCA was made aware of a serious lift incident involving an elderly woman at 322 Tah Ching Road this morning.

"In the interest of public safety, BCA has issued a Notice to suspend the use of the lift B to the Jurong Town Council while investigations are ongoing. Jurong Town Council is required to appoint an Authorised Examiner (AE) to conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the incident and to submit the investigation report to BCA.

"The appointed AE is also required to propose repairs to the lift, if necessary, and engage a registered lift contractor to carry out the recommended repair works.

"BCA is also requiring Jurong Town Council to immediately appoint an AE to inspect the other lift in the same block to confirm that it is safe to be used.

"The investigation and proposed measures must be carried out to the satisfaction of the Commissioner of Buildings before the incident lift B is allowed to operate."

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