Man crushed to death by electric gate

2012-07-13 12:05

Johannesburg - A man was crushed to death by an electric gate on a plot in Benoni early on Friday morning, paramedics said.

The 32-year-old was caught between the gate and a wall, ER24 spokesperson Vanessa Jackson said.

The man's family called paramedics at 05:15. They tried to save his life, but he died on the scene.

Police were investigating.

  • rob.baggaley - 2012-07-13 12:25

    Years ago, there was no need for security gates & to live like prisoners in our own homes, behind high walls & fences.

      Beverley Ainsworth - 2012-07-13 15:14

      Rob, I remember those years ago, about 30 years ago. I wasn't afraid to walk home alone after a night out clubbing cos busses stopped at midnight and taxis expensive especially since I'd spent what I had at the clubs already. We felt safe cos the police would be out on patrol for the baddies and still did their jobs. I do feel like I'm under house arrest now because of safety issues. Just saying how I feel, so don't knock me for expressing how I feel!

  • flippie.vanschalkwyk - 2012-07-13 12:36

    "Police were investigating"? Don't you mean "Police are investigating"

      rahil.khanna.520 - 2012-07-13 12:47

      that because police don't care, before the investigation started the case was "closed".

      Tuskal - 2012-07-13 13:05

      Time of print, they were investigating. The wtiter doesnt know if the police are still investigating so, the way the sentence is constructed is 100 percent correct.

  • Noedig Greene - 2012-07-13 12:53

    Rob u can go & live in Europe oh sorry Europe is in recession, go 2 china but u dont sound smart 4 Asia ,Africa??? no is full of those people u hate or just go 2 hell.

      rob.baggaley - 2012-07-13 13:21

      You have / use a name like " Noedig " and you say I dont sound smart !

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-07-13 13:03

    Friday the 13th superstition living up to it's unluckiness??? p.s read the articles before you lose your marbles!

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-13 13:12

    Why was the safety sensor not working. An automated gate, and garage door for that matter is fitted with a "sensor" which automatically opens the gate the moment there is some sort of resistance

  • shellerjc.rjc - 2012-07-13 13:19

    I know this may be a silly question, but dont most electric gates have some sort of sensor? Poor guy tho - RIP

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 13:22

    You cant trust electric gates

      mike.bundy.73 - 2012-07-13 13:57

      You're absolutely right - mine cheated on me with the gate next door.

  • jade.neil - 2012-07-13 13:36

    My question is what was he doing near the wall while the gate was opening? Surely he knew that he was not supposed to stand behind where the gate opens.

      RaveWolf1 - 2012-07-13 17:01

      Wow, that was a bit cold!!! I quote: "Surely he knew that he was not supposed to stand behind where the gate opens." You're implying he was an idiot, and in some way was responsible! Maybe he tried to run through quickly for some reason and did not make it in time. We all make brief stupid decisions from time to time. But!!! then again... Maybe... 1) ...he was trying to fix it? 2) ...he tripped? 3) fell of the rail and he tried to put it back? 4) ...the button on the remote was accidentally pressed while he was walking through? 5) ...collecting his post? 6) ...picking up the newspaper? 7) ...putting the rubbish outside? 5) ...just because he could? My point here!!... in my opinion, a totally, stupid, who cares question. Simply put, the gate malfunctioned according to SABS regulations and needs to be investigated. Sad news indeed, RIP!

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-07-13 18:52

    friday the 13 dangerous day bloodline.

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