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Desc:Elevator ascents 30 floors in 15 seconds, at about 50 mph, hitting the roof and badly injuring the
Category:Accidents & Explosions
Tags:elevator, nightmare, ascension
Submitted:infinite zest
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Comment count is 24
BorrowedSolution - 2014-06-09
Cena_mark - 2014-06-10
Spot on. The Wonka scene gives you that same sense of fear through acceleration right up to the sudden stop.

Jet Bin Fever - 2014-06-10
Only if this broke through the ceiling, I doubt it would fly away.

yogarfield - 2014-06-09
How does this happen?

And for fuck's sake pal, grab hold of something.
oddeye - 2014-06-09
Lift went up really fast, that's how it happened sucka.

yogarfield - 2014-06-10

Chancho - 2014-06-10
This is a complete failure of the safety circuit.

The elevator should not run when the car doors are open. There are limit switches on the car doors and hall doors which should prevent the car from running.

"According to his neighbors, it was known that the elevator had problems."
My guess is that a maintenance man put a jumper across part of the safety circuit to keep the elevator running.

At 50 mph, or 4400 feet per minute, the overspeed safety devices should have kicked in. Since they didn't, I doubt it ever reached those speeds. He was probably moving at around 500 - 800 feet per minute which would be typical speeds for a traction elevator.

So, what happened here was probably brake failure, programming errors and jumpers across parts of the safety circuit. The car appears to begin moving before he presses the car call button. When the brakes failed, the counterweight would begin moving down and the car would beging moving up. He would not stop unless the overspeed devices tripped. He slammed into the overhead of the hoistway. I read that he has severe damage to his spine. It probably would have killed an elderly person.

I have only seen an elevator run into the overhead once, and that was due to a faulty bushing on the brakes.

yogarfield - 2014-06-10
Shit. I'm taking the stairs next time.

ashtar. - 2014-06-10
So, Chancho, are you an Intuititonist or an Empiricist?

catpenis27 - 2014-06-10
Chancho nailed it. This has to be an overhead traction elevator. I was thinking faulty wiring, unless something totally broke like the gear assembly in the motor itself and the counterweights pulled him up faster. What a fucking nightmare.

Chancho - 2014-06-10
Empiricist, of course.

Check out this beauty:
http://www.pmtvib.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&i d=12&Itemid=1

I used that to find problems like misaligned rails. You could really see the decline in rail alignment in buildings built after the early 80's. This was due to a reduction in hours for elevator mechanics to build the elevator during construction. The old-school guys would slide a cigarette paper down the rails and if it got caught, they would re-align them. Sigh....

ashtar. - 2014-06-10
The elevators have adapted to our "just jump when it hits bottom" tactics. We have no defense. This is the door war all over again.
memedumpster - 2014-06-10
Oh my god.
Caminante Nocturno - 2014-06-10
Suspenseful spy music should start playing at around 8 seconds in.
SteamPoweredKleenex - 2014-06-10
Maybe I'm different, but my elevator nightmare doesn't generally involve movement in an UPWARD direction.
takewithfood - 2014-06-10

Lurchi - 2014-06-10
point me at the sky
That guy - 2014-06-10
and badly injuring the WHAT, infinite zest,
glasseye - 2014-06-10
The elevator.

StanleyPain - 2014-06-10

fedex - 2014-06-10

chumbucket - 2014-06-10
Isn't this the occasion where you want to jump up and down to see if it simulates zero g's?
BorrowedSolution - 2014-06-10
SolRo will shit when he sees this comment. And before..and after. I guess what I'm saying is that Solro likes to shit himself and correct us all on our physics homework.

Robin Kestrel - 2014-06-11
Button mashing.
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