China Elevator Beheads Woman

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Grisly security camera footage of a woman being beheaded in a packed elevator has prompted yet more safety concerns about China’s rapidly rising cities.

The elevator, installed in a Shenzhen office building, beheaded a nurse as she attempted to get off:

In response to the incident, authorities have promised to inspect the city’s 100,000 elevators – although their promise to have it done in only 15 days may give some pause.

Aside from the cool and almost unimpressed reaction of the other passengers, this being China much attention has centred on the unknown maker of the elevator – and whilst it may be reassuring to blame China quality manufacture or maintenance, the small cartel of transnational companies which make most of the world’s elevators have a less than perfect safety record.


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