Sengkang lift plunges down 3 floors before shooting up, injuring elderly taxi driver

A 63-year-old taxi driver was injured on two occasions in a span of two days this week after taking a defective elevator at Block 122 Sengkang East Way. Interestingly, the defective elevator had reportedly been repaired two weeks before it began malfunctioning again, according to the taxi driver:

“This lift always gives problems. The doors always cannot close properly. Maintenance was done just 2 weeks ago and it was still working fine on Sunday. Who knows the lift problem suddenly worsened instead.”

The taxi driver, Mr Tan, first injured himself on Monday (15 Jan) around 5pm when he was about to exit the lift compartment when he tripped and fell. When he checked the lift, he noticed that the lift floor was not level with the ground and found that there was a 15cm gap between the ground and the lift floor.

Mr Tan told the Chinese daily: “Luckily I grabbed the handle in the lift in time, that’s why I wasn’t too seriously injured.”

The very next day, Mr Tan entered the elevator at the 7th floor when it suddenly plunged three floors down before halting, then shooting back up again:

“In about 1 second, the lift suddenly sped down from the 7th floor to somewhere in between the 4th and 5th floor. I totally didn’t expect this and that’s why I lost my balance and fell. Before I had time to stand up properly and steady myself, the lift suddenly shot up twice and I fell again. After a while, the lift started working normally again.”

Mr Tan reported feeling a sharp pain in his buttocks and experienced swelling in his right ankle.

The taxi driver added that he is frustrated that the elevator is malfunctioning once again especially since it underwent repairs recently.

72 COMMENTS

    • I think its more with the installation of the lift and lack of maintainence of it..you can clock in maintainence but whether proper procedures are taken no one knows…

    • There’s a difference between a pure Chinese company vs a foreign company like Apple whose iPhones are assembled in China. In the latter, the manufacturing process & QC conform to certain American or International guidelines. With regard to the former, reckon there’s no need for me to state the obvious. Lol!

    • It’s not new, happened to my dad in punggol flat many years ago too. Plunged down and shoot right up and stuck midway. We called maintenance and complaint, did nothing. They just did maintenance before the incident somemore.

      When it was made out of budget, u know quality is not there. Just hope they step up and check ALL estates lift structure & maintenance thoroughly.

    • If same maintenance company & crew, gone case. I called and complaint on the incident, the guy bochap attitude and claimed it was just service. Like really? And it was never dealt with, he just taichi and bounce it off. *shake head*

    • I think the TC outsourced to the cheapest & the cheapest cannot be the best right?

      Many people always thought that corruption happens when the tender is given to the highest bidder (it does make sense) but the lowest bidder can also use inferior materials not to specs to recoup their profits.

      If we see the frequent breakdown of lifts & the bidder of the tender is the lowest, we can conclude what is really happening. Nobody in this world provide a service or sell goods at a loss.

      If the buyer is lazy or do not know the product well, usually such things will happen. Sometimes, it is simply due to the management wanting to save cost but in the end got burn a big hole in compensation when accidents happened. I have seen it all & still seeing it because it has became a culture.

  1. Perhaps write in to RC to highlight about the life maintenance. If not wrong, most of the HDB lift maintenance r contracted to EMS for most of the town zones , except opposition party.

  2. Does HDB keeps record of lift breakdowns etc ..? and do they use the stats when awarding tender or tender is given to the lowest bidder regardless of their track record.?? eg Sigma Elevator

  3. Trapped in a Lift?

    What to do when you are trapped in a lift.

    We never know when and where accidents will happen to us or to people around us. Read on and I hope this piece of information may help many of us when things do happen to you, your friends and your loved ones. This happened to a friend.

    “One day, while in a lift, it suddenly broke down and it began falling from level 13 at a fast speed.

    Fortunately, I remembered having watched a TV program that taught that you must quickly press all the buttons for all the levels.
    Finally, the lift stopped at the 5th level.”

    Important things to remember.

    When you are facing life and death situations, whatever decisions or actions you make decides on your survival.

    If you are caught in a lift breakdown, first thought that comes to mind may be ‘just wait to die’…

    But after reading below, things will definitely be different the next time – should you get caught in a lift.

    1. Quickly press all the buttons for all the different levels of the lift.
    When the emergency electricity supply is activated, it will stop the lift from falling further.

    2. Hold on tight to the handle { if there is any }. It is to support your position and prevent you from falling or getting hurt should you lose your balance.

    3. Lean your back and head against the lift wall keeping your back in a straight line.
    { Leaning against the wall is to use it as a support for your back/spine as protection }.

    4. Bend your knees.
    Your ligament is a flexible, connective tissue. Thus, the impact of fractured bones { should it result } will be minimised during fall.

    A humble request to share this valuable information with your family and friends !

  4. Never heard of lifts always spoil or plunged before in 20 years ago. Now it seems quite norm nowadays! That’s why you pay so much money to buy a flat but after 99 years, the house doesn’t belongs to you and yet they used cheap materials and charge you high???

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