Thursday, April 13, 2006

Chilling Accident

This is one of those things that you hate hearing about and that you hope never to witness:

A construction worker died this morning when he was decapitated by an elevator in a Downtown building, police said.

Workers at the scene said the unidentified man, who was working on the seventh floor, stuck his head into an elevator shaft at the former Try Street Terminal Building at Try Street and First Avenue.

The elevator hit him in the head, killing him instantly, the workers said.

The incident happened shortly before 8 a.m., police said. The construction workers were sent home for the day following the accident.

I have been extra conscious about elevator safety since reading about another decapitation a few years ago. It's easy to get comfortable with such an ostensibly comfortable form of transportation, but just like any other type of ride, there are hidden dangers that don't always come to mind. Among the lessons that I have learned from these incidents are:
  • Never try to stop an elevator door from closing by blocking it with any part of your body.
  • If the elevator goes into a free-fall, the (relatively) safest place is not in the middle or near the door, but up against the walls, as tight as you can get.
  • If there's too much weight in the elevator going up and the doors open when the car is not level with the floor, don't even think about trying to get out.
And I don't care how claustrophobic you are, it's better to be trapped in an elevator while waiting for help than to try and escape on your own.

Just try to stay safe and healthy.

No comments: