Technician dies after being trapped in lift shaft

A 29-year-old lift technician died after he got trapped in a lift shaft at a building in North Bridge Road while carrying out repair works.

In the accident on Saturday, a Bangladeshi worker was found trapped in a narrow gap between a lift carriage that was between the second and third storeys of the building and the metal support structure of the lift.

Extricating the technician took about six hours, in what the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said was a highly complex and delicate operation.

It required officers from SCDF’s elite Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team and other fire station personnel to operate a slew of rescue equipment within the confined space of the lift shaft.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police are investigating the death.

The Manpower Ministry said the technician was conducting repair work on top of the lift car when it ascended and trapped him against the lift’s guide rail structure. — The Straits Times/ANN

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