19 Die Horribly in Elevator Plunge – China


19 have died in a horrific accident as their elevator plunged 30 storeys down a residential skyscraper, killing everyone on board.

The construction elevator was ferrying workers up and down the side of a residential high rise being built in Hubei, when it fell from the 30th storey to the ground below, killing all 19 workers on board.


The local authorities say they are investigating the cause of the accident, and have ordered a wave of safety inspections and construction suspensions.

It has already emerged that the elevator’s annual safety inspection was apparently already 3 months overdue:



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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 15/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)


    They are just trying to do a job... nothing funny about their deaths.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 15/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No, but it shows that China has lax safety standards considering that I cannot find any reference to an elevator falling with deaths in America in the past 50 years, even a construction elevator.

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    Comment by Pyrolight
    04:19 15/09/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    This sort of thing is par for the course as a country develops economically.

    It's sad but it is to be expected.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    07:24 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is true, as ridiculous as China is, it's no better than the US in the first half of the 20th century. If we seriously look at our own history, we're knocking China for the very things we did as well. We as the younger generation just lack perspective.

    Not defending it though. These folks have enough warnings about their horrendous methods to know things need to change. We've gone through the change, I hope for their sake they go faster than we did. They have examples all throughout the world of how to do better.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    08:18 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 8:14

    Eh, this isn't a random thing that had no logical reason for exploding. This was something that is actually rather dangerous that unfortunately broke and took many more people than it needed to with it. A chair or a dildo exploding is funny, an elevator plummeting due to incompetence is tougher to find humor in the aftermath. It's just sad. But it's good to sometimes come to terms with history and reality to gain some perspective.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:13 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    China's view on safety: Human life=Nothing, Strong Stable Standardized machines and equipment=Something. Ergo this would be a terrible tragedy in a civilized country. In China its good business practices. In a closed business room Executives will see dead Chinese citizens as a sign that a manager/director is doing their job right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:32 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are always good and bad people in each population. It's just that the bad stick out more than the good. There are good things of China, but there won't be (much) coverage on them, rather pretty much bad news only. @Anon 17:06 it's true that those related to the government are corrupt/evil/bad, but there are others in China (and of course everywhere else) who are imho, seriously evil. First thing i can think of for China would be that truck running over a child twice accident.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:04 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its their population control for lack of safety standard, explosive product and made, polluted waters, recycled food and ingredient and lastly murderous driver. NOW THATS FUNNY!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:43 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As a European civil engineer currently working in China (over 10 years now) there are a few issues on this:
    The local government gives the contracts to his friends for huge kickbacks. The company then subcontracts who subcontracts etc up to 16 times. The last guy probably cannot read or write and still has to build it often with only a few thousand US dollars (obviously use RMB here) even though millions were allocated in the original contract. The engineering graduates here are a joke, they have spent four years playing DOTA whilst their teachers give them high marks for graduation even though the course consisted of just reading a few textbooks; such a graduate is often sent to site to oversee the works to 'gain experience'. Young graduates with no experience are seen as being superior to old guys without a degree who have been building things for tens of years. The Chinese professional standards are translations of the American Institution of Civil Engineers but no one uses them because of 'China is the best' mentality (this is one of the reasons the German built bits of their high speed rail don't fall down unlike the Chinese built bits). It is not all greed and corruption, mostly it is a lack of caring or seeing the consequences of personal actions but that is Chinese culture in a nutshell. As it was explained to me "If I kill a guy at site through my actions or lack of action my company will pay 1000 US$ to the family out of a bereavement fund, and I will still have my job no worries. If that guy has worked here for 6 months my company will have to pay 3000US$ from my budget for the work he has done out of my budget, which means I wont have as much money at the end of the project and I so wanted a new BMW." You can see the whole system is set up to enrich the few at the expense of the poor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anon 15:28. The "Chinese" you are talking about are those corrupted government officials, their relatives or people they do dirty business with. Then you come to a conclusion to kill all those who suffer and innocent people (children included) along with them and call everyone ignorant greedy scum.
    I wont throw the hate bomb back into your people. Unlike you, I am will study the history of your people, do research and even travel to your country to understand your history before I claim that I want to nuke your entier population.
    What more can I say? You are one sick mother fucker.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good work there China apologists.

    There is no excuse for this slack and corrupt behavior in the 21st century. The United States and other western democratic countries pioneered these kinds of safety standards at great cost 100 years ago. Clearly the Chinese are aware of them and yet ignore them. Why? Because the Chinese are ignorant greedy scum with no regard for human life besides their own, their immediate relatives and their precious ancestors. The PRC only reinforced this attitude for the last 70 years; and yet now we foolishly trade with them and treat them like equals. We continue to turn the other cheek as they send us poisonous foods - pet foods and even baby formula, toys made with heavy metals, and products that burn or explode.

    MacArthur was right, we should have nuked them back to the stone age in 1950.

    Comment by Anonymous

    What the heck is going on with everybody... WHY SO SERIOUS?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:50 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually, it shows that somebody screwed the pooch, but not necessarily the government.

    Accidents happen all over the world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you're going to go there, then please look up the names Hitoshi Christopher Nikaidoh and James Chenault, both of whom died horrible elevator-related deaths in the US within the past decade. No, their elevator cars didn't plummet, but the incidents were no less lethal.

    Admittedly most of the US's elevator tragedies predate the 1950's, but some of them were quite the doozy. For reading: http://listverse.com/2011/12/23/10-tragic-elevator-accidents/

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I live in Ohio. We had some poor kid on Ohio State campus plummet to his death in a dorm elevator that was abused by over-capacity abuse last year.

    I read in the last 2 years there was a construction elevator fall in which 2 works died in NYC.

    Perspective. Nobody's perfect.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:59 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you want to compare, compare to coal miners and see how their companies fight safety regulations.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 16/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    uhhh because the elevator was made in China?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:10 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh china, the ass of the world

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:31 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    it is extremely sad and it's exactly why it should be reported on, china needs laws to protect its workers and the more international outrage that's directed to how horribly people who just want to make a living wage are trrated in china the better.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    friend of mine told me, certain parts of china, mortality rates are caused by falling air-cons, some are just held in place with wood and duct-tape and most buildings go least 30 floors up..makes you think

    Comment by 436345tgf36f4e
    12:12 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    If I remember correctly (correct me if I am wrong). There has never been a recorded event in the history of humankind of an elevator suddenly plunging. Leave it to China and it's horrible standards to make the first checkmark. I really hate it when people die of equipment failure, cuz the guy who deserves to die is usually miles away.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's a construction elevator, there are less safety features as it is pretty much a barebone lifting device designed to be removed easily when the construction is done.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    03:27 15/09/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    I've worked construction and it's not an easy job.
    There's always some hazard around the corner to kill or maim you no matter how safe they try to make it.

    Just 19 guys busting their ass for their families.

    Sad, R.I.P.

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    Comment by Hayate
    01:34 15/09/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    19 workers in one elevator...wasn't that more than enough cause?

    its all working class male on board so probable an average of 80kg per person meaning 19 people would weigh more than 1.5 tons

    im pretty sure if its a normal construction elevator maybe it can hold pretty well but considering its China...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:02 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    this is chinese worker we talking about, they're at most 60-70kg

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You might be surprised. Obesity danger in east asia passed danger level long time ago. In terms of number of people, there are more obese people in east asia than any other regions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Never mind the fact that over 90% of people in east asia are chinese....fucktard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    LOL @ idiot who can't do math. You have no idea when you say I never lived or was born in east asia. Purely in terms of absolute numbers, the obesity in east asia is easily the size of half the US population. Xinhua is about as credible source of facts as Tibet Free movement newspaper.

    You better check some facts about obesity. Just look at that fat piece of pig on the other protest article's number 1 picture XD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:20 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So we have some pro chinese propaganda here . . . @03:59

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:04 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually Xinghua News itself reports that over 60 million Chinese people are obese. This came in a report about the wealth/poverty gap, as it's more than twice the reported number of people living malnourished in abject poverty (reported as 24 million), with additional figures of 160 million sufferring from high blood pressure and 20 million with diabetes (these figures have overlap with the obesity statistic).

    Out of 1.3 billion people this seems a miniscule number up until you realize 60 million is the entire population of France.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:14 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Right, it's known for obscenity.

    Okay, lame joke aside, construction clothes and hand tools added together are pretty heavy too.

    60~70kg is nowhere near obese weight, and furthermore not close to being a likely weight for a grown man with a nice amount of muscle mass--construction workers we're talking about, not history teachers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are u even live in east asia ? or even somewhere near asia ? the number of poor people in china is more than entire population of australia.

    I can tell u malnutrition is common here, Obese people preaty rare one here. even amongst midle to upper class.

    Unless the obese middle class work as construction worker. there is no such thing as obese construction worker. since they pay u less enough money to even buy 1 mcdonalds meal, let alone to upsize it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    "there are more obese people in east asia than any other regions"

    LOL @idiot

    Comment by Anonymous

    that's east asia. this is china.

    china is not known for its obesity.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I don't think normal construction elevator can hold 1.5 ton without being stressful on the wires. It's pretty sad to see this, but maybe they'll focus on the quality on the constructions rather than the quantity now?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Of course they can, normally they can at least hold 2.5 tons.
    Even normal public elevators normally are rated for 800kg+.

    Elevators normally have various security mechanisms, that would prevent the elevator from falling even if the wires tear. I've installed an elevator as part of an internship. An elevator falling should be even rarer than people being killed by falling coconuts.

    But then again, we're talking about china here...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Construction elevators have different standards.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:24 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    My dad's a civil engineer and all his life he promised that he would never do high rise projects ever again after 1 trip using those construction elevators 15 years ago....... It depends on the country's standards. The Philippines here has among the worst construction standards for safety.

    I live in a residential building and the elevators here hold 1500kg. Like an anon said, the normal elevators have breaks underneath them while construction ones don't because they are temporary but again depends on the company's quality as well as standards set by the country they are working on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:35 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Construction elevators are still supposed to have 'brakes' in them to prevent these things from happening. You might fall down a floor or two but when the 'freefall brake' kicks in, it should stop the elevator.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:10 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous 02:45, that is a standard in the U.S. for ALL elevators, construction or not. They are supposed to have those 'brakes' to keep them from plunging like this.

    Comment by Anonymous

    quality dont make money...

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    As much as I dislike apple, Anon 03:57, I would have to rate their quality as top notch. (At least for hardware)

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @1:58 nope... example. say a mobile phone company. They can make water proof phones or not water proof phones, the technology is there, but they don't. Why? 1) its cheaper to make 2) when people accidentally wet their phones, they will get a replacement, so more money to them. quality doesnt make good money, it makes ethical money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous 03:32, that is why after time we start adding water damage to phones to covered 'incidences' in order to give them an impetus to use the astoundingly cheap methods of water-proofing on phones.

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    Comment by kazaza2
    03:51 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    In NYC the mob used to control the construction elevators (maybe still do).
    Plumbers electricians etc. are all separate union contractors. If you were a contractor and wanted to get your guys and equipment on the job site faster you had to pay the elevator operator and you got priority.Others had to wait.
    The cost was already figured into the estimate and it's just the cost of doing business in the city.
    They never had an accident like this though.
    Any accidents like this in the city were non-union.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    quality wasn't make money...it makes good money

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lols....poor quality plus overhyping plus retarded customers makes really good money, just look at apple

    Comment by Anonymous

    80 kg working class male?? lol you must be thinking about americans

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. Most of the people I worked with averaged little above 81 kilos, very little of it fat. Some of the most fit people I have seen in any country I've been to.

    Not that any other countries know anything about it though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Not man enough, weak chinks? Doubleposting like a bitch too HAHA

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:10 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where are the burger?

    Comment by Anonymous

    With extra bacon and special sauce, an extra large straw-berry shake and extra large fries. And the usual four $1 tacos please. Oh, and three packets of ranch. That's all, thank you.

    Comment by Anonymous

    You want a cheeseburger, american?

    Comment by Anonymous

    You want a cheeseburger, american?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol angry americans incomin.

    statistics don't lie. america is the fattest country on earth.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 15/09/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Check yourself it's mexico.

    Purely number of people count also says china will surpass that soon LOL

    Comment by Anonymous

    Statistics don't say the truth either, because statistics make an assumption based on a small test lot.

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