Respite for workers at 22-storey building as one lift starts working

Office workers at Golden Mile Tower received some respite when one of the building's four lifts started working yesterday afternoon.

Workers at the 22-storey building had had to take the stairs to work after the last working lift broke down last Thursday.

Two of the building's lifts had been closed for upgrading for almost two months while a third stopped working two weeks ago, workers at the building told The Straits Times.

Mr Jerome Audais, managing director of lift contractor Kone Singapore, said in a statement that one of the lifts began operating yesterday while another one will be working by the end of next week.

He added that Kone will start work on the remaining lifts once the second lift is up and running, but did not give a date.

He said that when Kone took over the lift maintenance from the original equipment manufacturer last July, it wanted to upgrade just one lift to minimise the inconvenience to other people.

But the company decided later to upgrade two lifts at the same time because the other lifts were showing signs of breaking down and existing spare parts were too old to be used, he added.

Mr Jerome Audais, managing director of lift contractor Kone Singapore, said in a statement one of the lifts began operating yesterday while another one will be working by the end of next week... Kone will start work on the remaining lifts once the second lift is up and running, but did not give a date.

While these first two lifts were being upgraded, the other two broke down.

"It is unfortunate that there was an unexpected breakdown that was not possible to be rectified and we are treating this as a high priority," he said, referring to the Jan 11 breakdown.

"We will do our best to make sure such incidents do not occur again."

Ms Nikka Choy, 26, an accounts assistant who works on the 22nd floor, said the lift began working at about 3pm yesterday.

"My colleagues and I are all very happy. Tomorrow morning, we will not need to take the stairs any more," she said.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 18, 2018, with the headline 'Respite for workers at 22-storey building as one lift starts working'. Print Edition | Subscribe