Police in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture revealed on Thursday that a woman was accidentally killed while trying to enter an elevator that was still moving.The colleague that was standing with her says 63 year old Toshiko Maeda began to walk into the elevator once the doors opened, but it kept rising, knocking her to the floor. Installed in 1998, the lift is revealed to have been made by Schindler, a Switzerland-based manufacturer.
The accident took place on Wednesday afternoon around 3 PM. Police say Maeda fell, but she became trapped between the ceiling of the building and the elevator floor. She was rushed to the hospital shortly after, arriving in a state of cardiac arrest, but doctors confirmed her death shortly after. Since 2009, Japanese laws have required all elevators have breaking mechanisms that prevent them from moving if the doors are open. Police say they intend to inspect if the elevator in the accident received the require upgrades or not, and Schindler Elevators has said it will cooperate with any probe into what happened.
Unfortunately for the Swiss manufacturer, one of its elevators was also involved in a 2006 accident in Japan where a 16 year old boy was crushed to death. At a press conference in response to Wednesday’s death, Schindler said it planned to carry inspections of all of its 5,500 elevators in use in Japan, which includes 80 of the same model that killed Maeda.
[via Sun Daily]
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