SINGAPORE - An elderly cleaner fell 4m down a lift shaft at a condominium near Somerset MRT station on Monday.
The man, who is in his 70s, fell one storey and landed next to a large rubbish bin at the One Devonshire condominium.
The service lift has an open-walled metal platform and is used to move rubbish bins from the basement to the ground floor, where they are 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 placed on a spinal board and taken to the Singapore General Hospital.
The New Paper understands that the cleaner, known as Mr Roslan, suffered serious injuries.
An SCDF spokesman said: "The rescue took around 30 minutes because SCDF had to work meticulously to minimise his movement and injuries."
The SCDF said it received a call for an ambulance at around 2pm. It dispatched 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.
The guard said: "I heard that someone had fallen in, but was not sure what exactly happened. 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 accessible only from a quiet street, and residents of the condominium do not use it.
When contacted, the building's management said it would not be able to provide any details as a police investigation was under way.
Eleana Teo, deputy managing director of Knight Frank Estate Management, said: "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 condominium's cleaning contractor.
This article by The New Paper was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.
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