Elderly cleaner falls down lift shaft
An elderly cleaner fell four metres down a lift shaft at a condo near Somerset MRT station yesterday afternoon.
The man, who is in his 70s, fell one storey down the service lift and landed next to a large rubbish bin at the One Devonshire condominium.
The lift consists of a open-walled metal platform and is used to move rubbish bins from the basement to the ground floor, where it is collected by garbage trucks.
Rescuers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) found the man, conscious and sitting on the platform when they arrived.
The rescuers opened the lift doors from the basement and carried him out on a stretcher.
The man was secured onto a spinal board and taken to the Singapore General Hospital.
The New Paper understands that the man, known as Mr Roslan, suffered serious injuries.
Said the SCDF spokesman: "The rescue took around 30 minutes because SCDF had to work meticulously to minimise his movement and injuries."
SCDF said it received a call for an ambulance at around 2pm. It sent two fire engines, a fire bike, an ambulance and a support vehicle to the scene.
A security guard who works at a neighbouring condominium said he was surprised to see several emergency vehicles pull up next to the rubbish collection bay.
Said the guard: "I heard that someone had fallen in, but was not sure what happened exactly. They (SCDF) came and left quite quickly. There were very few witnesses around too, around six people who stayed to look for a while before leaving."
He added that the service lift is only accessible from a quiet street and residents of the condominium do not use it.
When contacted, the building management said it would not be able to provide any details as a police investigation was underway.
Said the deputy managing director of Knight Frank Estate Management, Ms Eleana Teo: "We are concerned over the injuries sustained by Mr Roslan. The cause of the accident has yet to be ascertained. We will take the necessary course of action, if any, after the cause has been ascertained."
She added that Mr Roslan was employed by the condo's cleaning contractor.
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