HE HEARD shouts coming from outside his shop on the second storey of Orchard Plaza.
When Mr Mark Lin, 48, rushed out, he saw a young man lying on the floor at the base of an escalator, screaming in pain.
The man’s right hand was stuck between the wall and the handrail of the escalator coming down from the third storey. The incident happened around 1.30pm yesterday.
Mr Lin recognised the man as a cleaner in the building. “He seemed to be in a lot of pain and there was a bit of blood on the ground,” he told The New Paper in Mandarin.
Mr Lin, who owns Vietnam Brides International Matchmaker in Orchard Plaza,
said he called the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), but was told that some one else had already called.
He said more than 15 people, mostly those who work on the first two floors of the building, had gathered around the man.
An SCDF spokesman told The New Paper that it received a call at 1.35pm and its officers arrived at Orchard Plaza two minutes later.
Mr Lin said the officers set up a ladder on the first storey to reach the man from the outside of the glass barriers.
He suspected that the man could have been cleaning the escalator’s hand rail when he got his hand stuck.
The SCDF spokesman said rescuers needed a hydraulic tool, which can force things apart, to extricate the man’s hand.
He was sent to TanTock Seng Hospital where he was treated for minor cuts. When The New Paper contacted him again in the evening, Mr Lin said the cleaner had returned to Orchard Plaza and dropped by his shop around 5.45pm.
“When I asked him if he was okay, he said yes,” he said. “His right lower arm was bandaged. He said it wasn’t serious.”
Meanwhile, at Tampines Mall, a five-year-old girl got her hand trapped in the non-automatic glass doors at DBS Bank around 2.50pm yesterday.
An SCDFspokesman said its officers managed to extricate the girl’s hand in three minutes without having to use any tools.
The girl’s last two fingers on her right hand were swollen and she was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital for treatment.