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EMSD investigates lift incident at Wan Tau Tong Estate

     The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) is investigating a lift incident that happened on November 9 at Wan Lam House, Wan Tau Tong Estate in Tai Po.

     "Upon receipt of a report from the management company of Wan Tau Tong Estate on November 10 about a rope breakage at Lift No.4 of Wan Lam House, EMSD officers immediately conducted an on-site investigation," an EMSD spokesman said today (November 11).

     Preliminary findings revealed that one of the four suspension ropes was  broken. The safety protection system functioned and stopped the lift. No casualty was reported. The concerned lift has ceased operation immediately.

     Fujitec is the original supplier of the installation and the maintenance contractor. The company conducted the last annual examination on January 31, 2008.

     To ensure public safety, the EMSD has conducted safety checks on all the other 11 Fujitec lifts at Wan Tau Tong Estate and all of them were found to be safe.

     Investigation by the EMSD into the cause of the incident is underway. The maintenance contractor is required to submit an incident report to EMSD within seven working days (before November 19).

Ends/Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Issued at HKT 19:46


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