Shineford Engineering

Taken for granted, lift safety needs attention

Worker blocked a lift after lift accident at Choi Hook Royal Banquet in North Point. Photo: Nora Tam

Lifts are indispensable to a city such as ours, crowded with high-rise buildings. When we step into a lift - whether in an office tower, a residential block, or shopping mall - we move up and down within seconds, usually without any safety problems. The accident in which a lift carrying seven people plunged down an old building in North Point on Saturday reminds us that we should not take this convenience for granted. An 82-year-old man is still in a critical condition.

Wednesday, 6 March, 2013, 2:51am

Lift inspections to be stepped up after accident

The two lifts next to the one that fell in the King's Tower building in North Point last Saturday have also been suspended. Photo: David Wong

The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) has pledged to step up its inspections of lifts maintained by contractors on the bottom rung of its performance rating system. The assurance comes after a lift in a North Point commercial building plummeted to the ground when its four cables snapped on Saturday night.

5 Mar 2013 - 5:50am 1 comment

Rust found on lift cables that snapped in North Point, injuring seven

A worker blocks off the lift after the accident. Photo: Nora Tam

The lift that plummeted to the ground on Saturday night had been maintained by Shineford Engineering and government engineers are scrambling to conduct safety checks on 248 other lifts the firm serviced. So far they have found rust on three other lifts to the extent that services had to be suspended.

4 Mar 2013 - 8:43am