The Centrepoint at 176 Orchard Road in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps
The Centrepoint at 176 Orchard Road in Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 25-year-old domestic worker escaped with just scratches to her left leg after making a successful leap from an escalator that suddenly broke down in a shopping mall on Orchard Road in Singapore.

Just after 2pm on Thursday, a 39-year-old Australian man, who is an IT manager, was taking his daughter aged four in a baby stroller followed by the domestic helper, whose nationality is not known, while shopping at Centrepoint, Shin Min Daily News reported over the weekend.

The trio took the escalator down from the first floor to the ground floor.

Shortly after the father and his daughter got off and walked away from the unit, a thunderous crashing noise was heard from behind as metal pieces of the escalator broke off and steps near the bottom crumpled and were damaged.

The employer shouted to his maid, prompting her to make a long jump over the crushed steps. She was startled but fortunately only sustained scratches to her left leg.

According to Lianhe Zaobao report, engineers from the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) completed a preliminary inspection on the incident escalator and an independent investigation has been launched. Meanwhile, the escalator would not be allowed to resume service until all BCA safety requirements were met.

Frasers Centrepoint, the management of the shopping mall, apologized for the incident and promised to work closely with OTIS, the escalator repairing company, on issues raised by the probe.

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