Even a well-maintained elevator is subject to general wear and tear, however, the likelihood of being trapped inside a broken-down cab is very slim. After all, the components that make up an elevator and assist with its smooth-running are designed with longevity in mind, even when the basic care requirements are barely being met. With this said, the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, recently found himself in an elevator related debacle on his way to his traditional weekly address. Read on as the team here at Elevators Ltd go over everything that took place…
Who is Pope Francis?
Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, Pope Francis is the current head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. He holds the Angelus prayer every Sunday as thousands of people gather in Vatican City’s St Peter’s Square to listen to his remarks and receive his blessings from the window of the Apostolic Palace.
Why did Pope Francis’ get stuck in an elevator?
Despite decades of tradition, Pope Francis found himself in a spot of bother on 1st September 2019 when he became trapped in an elevator for 25 minutes prior to the traditional Sunday Angelus. Attributing the fault to a ‘drop in tension’, the Pope arrived seven minutes late to the prayer but appear unfazed by the incident, thanking God for the firefighters and asking the onlookers to applaud their rescue efforts before proceeding with the usual blessings and announcements.
How likely is an elevator breakdown?
When a well-known individual finds themselves trapped inside an elevator, many people start to worry about the dangers that they may possess. Luckily, a well-maintained unit is very unlikely to pose a serious risk to the safety of passengers in the event of an electrical breakdown because the system is programmed to slowly grind to a halt. This aids rescue operations by firefighters or engineers because the cab can be easily and safely located within the elevator shaft.
Here at Elevators Ltd, we try our best to emphasise the importance of high-quality and routine lift maintenance when it comes to an investment in a brand-new elevator. After all, these mechanical components cannot regulate their own maintenance requirements which means that they rely on human intervention in order to keep them in tip-top condition. Luckily, Pope Francis arrived at his Sunday address seven minutes past noon, to the relief of many faithful attendees. To find out more information about taking care of an elevator, get in contact with a member of the Elevators Ltd team and ask about our lift maintenance service today!