A faulty HDB lift at Block 317, Ang Mo Kio Street 31 shot up 17 levels from the 3rd floor and injured a domestic helper who was in the lift. The maid suffered minor back injuries as she hit the handrail and floor when the acceleration threw her off balance.

According to the domestic helper, she was on her way to pick up her employer’s children at around 7.15pm on Monday (Mar 7). The lift descended from the 5th level to the 1st level, and opened partially before closing again and ascended to the third floor. A brief while later, the lift sprung up 17 levels to the 20th level before stopping in between the 19th and 20th level. She was subsequently stuck in the lift for 1.5 hours before she was rescued by the lift technician and Singapore Civil Defence Force personnel.

Commentators have expressed worries about the maintenance status and safety standards of HDB lifts as two other HDB lift incidents were equally life-threatening. Earlier in January 2016, a lift at Block 114, Edgefield Plains was video recorded to be operating between floors with the lift doors opened. In October 2015, an elderly woman’s hand was severed by the lift doors at Tah Ching Road as the door sensor did not detect her movement.

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