Elderly Man Falls 8-Meter To His Death After Son Opens Lift Door

Marco YesPanda 2018-10-10

YesPanda:  “A tragic lift accident in China captured on surveillance footage has left netizens shocked yet puzzled. An elderly ended up losing his life by stepping into empty lift shaft.


Another sad happenning due to negligence...


On Sept  24 at about 1 pm, an elderly man fell 8 meters down a lift shaft to his death, seconds after his son-in-law opened the lift door to investigate a possible malfunction.

The bewildering circumstances surrounding the death is played out in a short 42-second CCTV clip which went viral on Weibo.


Below is the video:

The pair is seen in the video waiting at the landing area, presumably for the lifts to arrive. 

The younger man, identified only by his surname Zhou, then inexplicably uses a key to open the lift door on the right. 

As he holds the door open, his father-in-law, who is standing behind him, makes his way to the door. 

Not realizing that the lift hasn't yet arrived, he takes a fatal step and falls into the empty lift shaft.


Netizens who watched the video immediately questioned why Zhou held keys to the lift door in the first place and cast doubts on whether the case was indeed an accident?

Others were curious as to why the elderly man would step into the shaft that was obviously dark and empty.


Some reports also blamed the younger man's impatience for causing his father-in-law's death.


Reporters managed to get hold of Zhou, who furnished them with more details about the accident.

While they were waiting for the lifts on the first floor, Zhou said he noticed a problem with the display panel beside one of the lifts.


"I couldn't see which floor the lift was on, and the arrows were flickering," saidZhou. Deciding that he should investigate, Zhou then unlocked and opened the lift doors, leading to the tragic accident.


"After opening the doors I was looking in and I forgot about dad, I didn't realize he was behind me," said Zhou.

Zhou added that he tried to grab a hold of his father-in-law as he fell but failed.




Here are 10safety tips when riding in lifts to prevent mishaps from occurring:

  • Don't linger between lift doors when going in or outAccidents occur the most often due to faulty doors. Hence, it is best not to linger in between lift doors when they open.

  • Don't press lift buttons repeatedly: They may cause the buttons to malfunction.

  • Don't lean on lift doors: Whether you are in the lift or waiting for one, avoid resting on lift doors, as you won't know if the door is faulty.

  • Don't use your hands, feet or items to prevent lift doors from closing.

  • Don't bring wet umbrellas into the lift: Water may seep into the lift shaft and cause a short circuit.

  • Check before entering: In 2003, a freak accident occurred after two people - a man and woman - plunged to their deaths after hastily stepping into a "lift" without looking. The outer doors had opened but the lift car had not yet arrived.

  • Don't attempt to retrieve items that have fallen into the lift shaft

  • Don't jump or perform vigorous movements that may shake the lift while it is moving

  • If the lift stalls, don't attempt to force open the lift door: At times like these, the safest place would actually be within the lift car.

  • Don't breach lift capacity limits: If the alarm sounds, it is a warning that should not be ignored. Just step out of the lift.



Source / AsiaOne

Writer / Marco

Designer / Amber