China Elevator Beheads Woman


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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    Avatar of Primus de Pedos
    Comment by Primus de Pedos
    13:28 28/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Is anything in China not lethal?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:57 28/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Probably the rat poison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the sewer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:49 28/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Since everything else explodes I bet the actual explosives don't.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    nothing is safe in china

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:50 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ok check, not the sewers

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 11/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think this site is biased. I've been seeing most of the articles posted in this site being just negative things happening in China. I cant even count the number of good things they have posted about China anyways.


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:48 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the knives

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    23:02 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    All their weapons systems and explosives.

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    Comment by Indra EMC
    19:14 28/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Their bombs, don't worry, it won't explode like EVERYTHING ELSE !

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    fart bomb, lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:25 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    If China ever goes to war it'd be hilarious to see them throw watermelons instead of grenades and plant sewers instead of mines.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:28 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Chinese army?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:01 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    CHUN-LI ARMY!!!!!!!!!!


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:13 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    its Like resident evil 1 movie..

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    'cool and almost unimpressed'?

    They seemed shocked and extremely unhappy to me. What would you have preferred, Artefact, a panic?

    Comment by Anonymous
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    Comment by molitar
    17:31 28/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Nope the sewage is explosive as we all know so it's lethal also.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:48 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Butm they have made it into cooking oil before, so you know that it is edible.

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    Comment by Fresh Start!
    14:49 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You won't have to worry about their bombs...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, they have 1~9 seconde (totally random)grenades, have to try your luck

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    -> waiting for exploding pillows

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    We got pillows made from trash. Close enough.

    Comment by Anonymous

    How is that different from the rest of the world through? Nearly everything can kill, given the right circumstances.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 28/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Everything can kill, but in China everything does kill.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    And think people don't die in freak accidents elsewhere? Do I need to Google "elevator death" for you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:30 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just because the elevator is of Swiss design does not mean this happens "everywhere." They have admitted that the safety inspection permits were out of date and with the amount of shifty work we see in Chinese architecture it wouldn't surprise me that a few safety features were ignored when this elevator was being installed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The elevator was of Swiss design. Things like this happen everywhere.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    even if it was of swiss design, the chinese probably built it and used inferior materials. i'm just glad it was blurred. i don't want to be sick before breakfast. they probably used mcdonalds straws daisychained instead of steel cable for the elevator's pulley system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 05/06/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont you know that elevators are population control mechanisms ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    ppl like focus on China in general. if these happens in India, no one cares

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    Comment by Hikari Heart
    10:34 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You have a point, but only to a point. To say these things can happen anywhere you would be right, but to say that freak accidents do not happen disproportionately in China you would be wrong. Though to be fair China does have a large population and so these things will happen more often.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:42 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    No shit, you're in Sankaku , everything observed in Japan. Go to

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:32 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @hikari welcome to sankaku

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    China brought these jokes onto it's self because of things like cheap counterfeit and knock off products, which china is practically the country that started it all. Not to mention the cheap labor which makes so much of what we buy come with the label "made in china", and a lot of those things are made with cheap materials to keep the prices low.

    I actually know someone who will not buy anything if he sees the label "made in china" on it, because he said everything he's owned with that label has screwed up in some way. I have to say I think he was being unreasonable and exaggerating things, but he grew up in a country in Africa so maybe Chinese products there were way more worse.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:20 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea but I can't think of other places in the world where you can be sitting on a chair, and it explodes up your ass. It was a chair like a chair you'd see in school.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:06 28/05/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fuck what a terrible thing, normally this should never be able to happen with a properly programmed PLC. Did they use a micro-controller for it or something? Just a wonky timer?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 28/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    It runs on China quality

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    China, please improve. I'm really scarred about this event.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:07 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So if rock lands on your head (flying from some truck or something) and you die it's natural selection too? Dumb ass.

    At least she didn't suffer.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Natural selection

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    Comment by cats2
    17:53 28/05/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Wow, I knew if I scrolled down enough I would fine the non pun comment.


    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Elevators have proprietary PLC systems. A screw up in the firmware can cause this or just poor design in the electronics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:41 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably a mechanical error. Software has the boring tendency to just silently die instead of spectacularly failing in the most damaging way possible. I blame Turing for that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:53 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I also vote for mechanical error. I guess the mechanical locks failed. There are four of them on the corners of the elevator. They engage when stopped at a floor or if the cable fails. It was a temporary failure since the elevator did stop at it's next stop. Can't really think of a reason why it would fail outside of some weird power anomaly that caused it to let go.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 19:53 ("mechanical locks"):

    I knew a guy in college (1980s) who had an outside job writing software to control sawmills. He told me his worst mistake resulted in running a multi-ton log carriage off the rails. I asked him, "What about the limiter switch?"

    His reply: "The computer IS the limiter switch."

    In this elevator design, did the "mechanical locks" directly interrupt the power, or were they merely an input into the elevator control circuitry (which the computer could ignore or override)?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 30/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    if i may add my senf... maybe its completely unrelated.

    "His reply: "The computer IS the limiter switch."

    In this elevator design, did the "mechanical locks" directly interrupt the power, or were they merely an input into the elevator control circuitry (which the computer could ignore or override)?"
    'merely an input into the elevators controll circuitry'

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 28/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It runs on Arduino.

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    Comment by Benoist
    17:21 28/05/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    in communist china, the floor hit the bodies

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:06 29/05/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    in racist Benoist, the foot is in his mouth

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