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A faulty HDB lift at Blk 247 Pasir Ris Street 21 which stopped 25cm above the ground used a handicapped elderly on a wheelchair to fall backwards and hit his head onto the ground. The 77-year-old man died in hospital today (May 16).

The incident happened on Sunday (May 15) morning around 10.40am when the elderly man on a motorised wheelchair was reversing to exit the HDB lift. He however did not notice the 25cm height difference between the lift landing and the ground, which resulted in him falling backwards along with the wheelchair. The elderly suffered a skill fracture and serious internal bleeding in the brain. His condition deteriorated before he was admitted into surgery and passed away at 2.14am on Monday morning.

This is the first fatal incident resulted from faulty lifts in HDB precincts. In October 2015, an elderly woman’s hand was severed by the doors of a faulty HDB lift. The maintenance operations is managed by local town councils, and it is unknown how frequent the town councils conduct a check.

There is no offer of compensation by the PAP Pasir Ris Town Council.