Tah Ching Rd lift case: More time for probe

The probe into the Tah Ching Road lift accident will take a week longer than expected, as the authorised examiner investigating the case has been granted more time to carry out checks.

The Building and Construction Authority (BCA) yesterday said the examiner, Nexco Enterprise engineer Chan Chee Kong, had requested one more week to carry out "additional tests".

The BCA has acceded to this request, which means the report, originally due today, is expected to be submitted on Nov 2.

A spokesman for the BCA added that a preliminary report will be submitted to the agency today.

"BCA will review the findings and will make an independent assessment within a week of receiving the final investigation report," she said.

On Oct 9, Jurong resident Khoo Bee Hua's left hand was severed by a lift at her home in Block 322, Tah Ching Road, in Jurong.

The 85-year-old was trying to stop the lift doors from closing before her dog, which was on a leash, could enter the lift. She also fell and broke her left leg during the accident.

Madam Khoo was transferred from National University Hospital to Jurong Community Hospital last Thursday, according to her son.

Jurong Town Council, which oversees the maintenance of the lift, appointed an authorised examiner to probe the case.

Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who is an MP for Jurong GRC, said yesterday that Madam Khoo is "recovering well".

Asked if the findings of the investigation report will be made public, he said: "I should think so...There is nothing to be kept under wraps."

  • Additional reporting by Olivia Ho
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2015, with the headline 'Tah Ching Rd lift case: More time for probe'. Print Edition | Subscribe