Thursday, April 21, 2016

Fatal elevator mishap in Puttaparthi

Please skip reading this post if you prefer not to read about this tragic accident.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/woman-crushed-to-death-in-puttaparthi/article8501215.ece, dated April 21st 2016

An extract from the article:
According to the police, as she was about to go for Seva, she stepped into the lift cavity accidentally, believing that the lift had stopped at her floor.

As she stepped into the cavity, she plunged down to the ebb of the cavity severely injuring herself, even as the lift came down on her in the space of a few seconds, killing her on the spot.
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Ravi: Elevator system maintenance (including door locks when the elevator is not on the floor corresponding to the door) is a serious challenge in Puttaparthi. One needs to ensure that regular (monthly ) elevator maintenance (which will check for these problems) is done by experienced and capable maintenance persons.
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Given below are some of my comments (slightly edited) from the associated Facebook post,
https://www.facebook.com/ravi.s.iyer.7/posts/1732112137005356:

It is very, very tragic! I felt it appropriate to inform readers so that they take precautions like checking whether the elevator is on the floor before stepping in.
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In the 80s, a software industry colleague of mine had a similar but thankfully not fatal, accident while on a software assignment in Germany. He was reading a letter while he opened the elevator door and stepped in. But the elevator was not on the floor and he fell into the elevator shaft. Perhaps he fell only a floor or so down into the shaft bottom. He broke his leg and help arrived before any major tragedy like the elevator coming down on him. He had to recuperate for months in some old age type home in Germany before he could walk again. The elevator company or the building people footed his medical and recuperation costs. .... So these things happen with elevator systems everywhere, even in the industrialized world. The wise thing is for people to be more vigilant when using elevators, especially in buildings that they are not so familiar with. They should not presume that all elevators, anywhere in India or even elsewhere, will surely be safe.
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[I thank thehindu.com and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above short extract from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever.]

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