Dozen trapped in overloaded lift

2010-08-11 00:00

TWELVE people were trapped for an hour in a lift at the Land Affairs offices in Pietermaritzburg yesterday, and two who fainted had to be attended by paramedics when they were finally freed.

Nompumelelo Mtambo said she kept calm during the ordeal, but became upset after they were freed.

“When we were pulled out, I was relieved and that was when I started crying,” she said.

“While we were inside, the conditions were fine because the air conditioner was working, but there were some people who were actually panicking and others fainted because the lift had dropped and got stuck between floors.

“We were scared that we might drop down like it happens in the movies.”

Danford Mbuyiseni of Schindler Lifts said the lift jammed because it was overloaded with the 12 passengers.

He added that people might have panicked “because even though there is a fan inside, it just does not blow enough air”.

According to people who used the lift earlier in the morning, the lift was experiencing mechanical problems before it eventually jammed.

An employee who did not want to be named said, “We had used the lift in the morning and when we pressed the button for the ground floor, the lift simply jammed and it did not move.

“When it finally moved, it only went as far as the third floor and stopped there and we were forced to get out and take another lift to the ground floor.”

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