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Lift accidents taken seriously (The Straits Times Forum)

Monday, 23 December 2013

We refer to Ms Fera Wirawan's forum letter ("Any steps taken to ensure lift safety?"; December 19, Thursday).

Under the Building Maintenance and Strata Management (Lift And Building Maintenance) Regulations, building owners are required to appoint Authorised Examiners, who are Professional Engineers, to inspect and check lifts annually. Owners are also required to engage registered lift contractors to maintain the lifts.

For the lift accident at Regency House, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) had issued a notice to suspend the operation of the lift and commenced investigations immediately upon notification. The owner was also instructed to appoint an Authorised Examiner to provide a report on the cause of the incident and recommendations to rectify the lift.

BCA regards such incidents seriously and will not lift the notice to suspend the lift until all appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the safe use of the lift.

BCA is currently reviewing the regulatory regime for lifts. One of the areas we are looking at is the reporting of lift incidents. Over the last few months, we have held consultations with the industry and are working to effect the changes.

We wish Ms Wirawan a speedy recovery.

Mr Hashim Bin Mansoor
Director, Building Plan and Management Group
Building and Construction Authority

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