The residents of a condominium in Lengkok Thamby Abdullah, Brickfields were horrified after knowing that a lift at the condominium plunged to the ground floor from the eighth floor on Friday (14 October).
As a result of the incident, two individuals broke their legs, while the other four were safe when the lift fell to the ground.
In a statement, the Operations Center of the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) said the department immediately dispatched a fire engine with 11 firefighters to the scene after receiving an emergency call at 9.52 pm regarding the incident.
Upon arriving at the scene at 10.12 pm, the Fire and Rescue Department was informed that a lift had plunged from the eighth floor to the ground floor and there were six individuals in the lift at the time of the incident — three women, two men and a two-year-old girl.
The incident resulted in a woman and a man breaking their leg. They were then sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) to receive treatment.
JBPM sand the rescue operation ended at 11.35 pm but they are still investigating the cause of the incident.
Meanwhile, Berita Harian reported that this was the first incident since the building was inhabited around the 1970s.
One of the residents, who declined to be named, described the incident as a nightmare when they found out about it.
“We (the residents) have never failed to pay the monthly maintenance fees. However, it appears that like such an incident was due to a failure during the lift inspection. We hope that the responsible party will carry out a detailed inspection to prevent such incident from recurring in the future,” the resident said.
The resident said that although they often hear that the lift system had problems, this incident is the first one they heard about.
Meanwhile, several officers from the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and the Human Resources Ministry were seen inspecting the scene to identify the cause.
How to survive a falling lift?
If you sense that a lift is free-falling to the ground, you should immediately lie down on your back.
You should avoid standing or jumping when the lift falls as it could lead to serious injuries. Sitting is terrible but it is better than standing as the buttocks act as a safety foam.
According to the experts, jumping only delays the inevitable. In context, you will experience weightlessness for a few seconds before being crushed by the G force acting on you.