In 2003, a woman named Katarzyna Woja was fatally crushed in an accident when her gym elevator fell between floors in the London city centre. The question we propose to ask is how common really is the occurrence of a lift accident or do we all panic too much?
Statistics from 2010 showed that since 2002, 266 people had been injured in elevator related accidents, with 4 people losing their life. When we take a look at the statistics, we discover that 150 deaths each year are caused by falling coconuts whilst a shocking 6,000 people from around the world die from simply tripping. Not only do these statistics show that you are 40 times more likely to be killed by a horse than an elevator (horses are said to be the cause of 20 deaths per year whilst elevators caused an average of 4 deaths every 8 years), they prove that though we may have some unsettled trust issues to rectify, elevators really aren’t that bad!
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures also recognised that around 182 injuries were caused inside the lift shaft, service ducts and cellar hatches. These statistics are shocking- however the figures were also noted to be related to individuals carrying out lift surfing, the practice of riding on the roof of a lift rather using it as it was intended. These are the kind of people are practically asking to be injured by an elevator.
The most common injuries in a lift are having your fingers briefly trapped in the doorways (after which they will automatically open because of the obstruction caused by your fingers) and small bumps and bangs- however many people brush themselves off and continue with their day.
Major accidents in a lift occur very rarely when you consider that the average amount of lifts in the UK alone is a quarter of a million and rising. Here at Elevators Ltd, we work tirelessly to ensure that all of our elevators are programmed and built with precision in order to ensure the safety of passengers. As the best lift company around, we highly suggest avoiding them if you have claustrophobia – as after our research, we think this is the biggest reason for passengers to panic and worry about an accident in a lift. Get in contact to find out more information today!