Overloaded China Quality Elevator Plummets

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The elevator of an office building in China gave its 18 passengers the ride of their lives after it ended up plummeting downward due to overcapacity, with the loud warning buzzer pointing out this dangerous issue apparently going unheard or unheeded by the elevator’s oblivious riders.

The 18 occupants (16 adults and 2 children) had hurriedly packed into the elevator in a desperate attempt to get to their floors, but due to the elevator’s top capacity being 13, a warning buzzer was triggered – those in the elevator however either didn’t care or didn’t notice as no one tried to get off.

Eventually the door on the elevator managed to close (how this could happen when it is overcapacity has many bewildered and may be indicative of sheer China quality) and ended up plummeting down to the first basement level, causing mass turmoil inside the elevator as one woman even lost consciousness – 10 minutes later an employee managed to pry open the door, allowing a rescue team to tend to the wounded (making the passengers luckier than one particular individual).

One of the building’s service workers claimed it was not the first time such an accident had happened, as every day the elevator managers have a tough time organizing the hordes of people constantly flooding into the elevators – with some even trying to force themselves in, making an accident as ghastly as this practically inevitable.

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  • SomeDuder says:

    Life in China is just… cheap. There’s more than a bilion Chinese people, so they’ve got plenty to spare.

    Yea, it’s horrible for the individual, but there’s just too many of you little fuckers. Fortunately, this is why Chinese bridges are made from foam and trash, everything explodes and regulations aren’t followed or just non-existent.

  • Maybe the government lowered the health and safety standards on purpose to kill off idiots and control population? I mean we all talk about removing safety labels and let nature take its course. Maybe China are doing just that.

    • Anonymous says:

      Umm… Yeah. The first 13 did nothing wrong. Would you feel like an idiot if you entered an empty elevator, but then a huge throng pushed in after you, overloading the thing and causing an accident? What are you going to do about it? Pull out your .357 and order the latecomers to get out?

  • Anonymous says:

    I was in china recently, the hotel elevator was rather large, but it also croaked like it was about to drop me the entire time i was there, what’s worse, you basically had to use the elevator…

    I’d really freak out when some janitorial staff would enter the elevator with loaded carts of dirty laundry or something, I didn’t trust that elevator, but I had to use it. China quality is the right word, fuck Chinese elevators.

    • Anonymous says:

      The building obviously has far less elevator capacity than it should have. Even if in the beginning the people did listen to the warning noise, they gradually started to ignore it when the situation was the same every single day. Somebody had failed to make any calculations about how many people move there.

  • Anonymous says:

    Even really old elevators have multiple safety features in place to stop the elevator in the case of failure of either the cable, the lift motor, or electricity. Hell, the elevator “governor” (a brake that stops free-fall in such cases) was invented in the mid 1800’s.

    Why the chinese fail to duplicate even ancient safety measures properly is beyond me.

  • Kinda hilarious their safety standards.

    Just a few days ago I saw a video about the, in development, Krupp Multi ( vertical/horizontal ) elevator where they also discussed the current design of elevators with multiple strands of cables securing the cabin – Like 5-8 cables.

    They said EACH cable ALONE is capable of lifting the cabin plus occupants.

    How the Chinese manage to fail at this shit is beyond me.
    I mean… What’s another 4 cables and rollers cost you compared to forking over money when you’re being sued by either the survivors or their left over families.

    • Anonymous says:

      When whatever company produced these slipshod elevators have ties to the Chinese government/elites/officials, you’re not going to be suing anybody soon, buddy. This is the reason such hazards can be gotten away with or is so common and why they’re in no hurry to fix such issues. The law exists only to protect the PRC and is as malleable as water.

    • Anonymous says:

      I doubt this was caused by cables snapping. That’s not a common accident reason outside of movies and, like you said, a single cable breaking doesn’t mean anything (but a loud noise). This was ubdoubtly caused by a design flaw that allowed the extra weight to make the normal brakes fail. For reasons only the Chinese manufacturers know, the safety brakes didn’t engage like they should when the cabin starts to free-fall. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the land of styrofoam bridges the elevator was totally without safety brakes to save some yuans.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well where to begin with.

      1. No elevator should close his doors when it is over capacity.

      2. Even if the elevator closes its doors (plz change you maintenance firm)it shouldn`t drive in any direction.

      3. If an elevator plummets there should be an break system which stops the cabin after 40 cm to 1 meter.(If this doesn’t work sue your maintenance firm!)

      So much going wrong on one elevator makes me suggest that they never really cared about it cause most measures seem to be bridged in the saftey circuit.
      I think some of us still remember the beheaded chinese women, where the elevator started with open doors.