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Guard critical after falling down lift shaft

2012-03-31 12:30

Johannesburg - A security guard was critically injured on Saturday morning after he fell three storeys down a disused elevator shaft at an abandoned hospital, Johannesburg paramedics said.

"Common cause information indicates that guard had been in pursuit of youths who had broken into the vacant [Kempton Park] hospital. In the process he fell into the disused shaft," said Netcare 911 spokesman Jeffrey Wicks.

He said paramedics were able to prise open the elevator doors on the bottom floor.

"The man was in a critical condition, having sustained significant facial trauma as well as multiple fractures," said Wicks.

He said the man was stabilised and transported by ambulance to hospital.

Comments
  • sbriedenhann - 2012-03-31 12:41

    So, so sorry to hear of this. I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-31 12:52

    Wow! What an ordeal! I hope the company he works for takes care of all his needs!What a shame-doing his job and it ends like this! Thanks for the great effort!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-03-31 13:00

    I hope his work pays for the medical bills

  • Grant - 2012-03-31 13:00

    Damn, hope this dude gets better quickly. All the best.

  • Robsschele - 2012-03-31 14:04

    Why was the shaft open in the first place. It should have been barricaded off to prevent this to happen. Even if it is being demolished normal safety procedures still apply.

      Shirley - 2012-03-31 14:12

      An accident waiting to happen,like many others around S.A.

  • Samantha McMaster 'White' - 2012-03-31 22:22

    why are we not asking, amongst all the other questions, why is a hospital abandoned, when there is such a need for medical care in this country??

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