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At a court hearing over a fatal faulty lift accident, police investigation officer (IO) of the case, Inspector Justin Ng, was slammed by the deceased’s family lawyer for making false statements in court. IO Inspector Justin Ng said that there were only 3 complaints prior to the accident.

However, there were apparently a lot more than 3 complaints made on the particular faulty lift. The lawyer for the deceased family, Derek Kang, challenged the IO to which the latter backed off with the State Counsel stepping in saying that another investigator with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is “better placed to tell the issue” than the police IO.

IO Justin Ng also contested the affidavits by two eye witnesses who confirmed the misalignment between the lift landing and landing floor was some 25cm above ground level. IO Justin Ng said the misalignment was only 13cm according to BCA.

Despite being solely responsible for lift safety and maintenance in HDB estates, Pasir Ris-Punggol PAP Town Council is passing the blame over a fatal faulty lift incident to its contrator Essential Maintenance Service Unit (EMSU) and sub-contractor lift servicing company Fujitec. On 16 May 2016, a 77-year-old elderly on wheelchair fatally hit his head on the ground when his wheelchair toppled while he was reversing to exit from a HDB lift.

Faulty HDB lift kill handicapped elderly

No compensation has been made by the authority. It also appears the police IO is turning the case where the PAP Town Council is at fault to one of “reasonable negligence” by haggling on the details, so no hefty compensation would be borne by the government.