15 hurt as lift collapses in City

Glitch causes elevator to crash from 7th floor

Fifteen people, all employees of IT companies on the SJR Group Technology Park opposite Satya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences, were injured when the lift in which they were coming down crashed to the ground floor.

Six of the injured suffered major injuries in the accident, triggered by a technical glitch.

The 15 men working in various IT companies housed in Tower 3 of the SJR Technology park owned by the SJR group, got into the lift on the seventh floor around 2:45 pm to descend to the ground floor. Within minutes, the lift developed a technical glitch and came crashing down with a thud.

The lift supervisor on the ground floor opened the lift doors using the emergency key and found most of the occupants injured. They were immediately rushed to Vydehi Hospital.

The people in the lift were identified as Sanjeev Pradkar, 30, Prem Chand, 25, Mohit Singh, 30, Arun Kumar, 29, Somashekar Bistha, 30, Sunil Kumar, 31, Josi John, 34, Nithin Rai, 29, Shesha Sai, 38, Vijay Kumar, 38, Gangadhar Nayak, 30, Ramcharan, 30, Shivakumar, 27, Nikhilesh Kumar Yadav, 30, and Avishanth Pandey, 30. Four of them were working with G4 Securities and the rest with Unisys Corporation.

Pradkar, Arun Kumar, Bistha, Nayak, Ramcharan and Yadav were admitted to hospital and their condition is said to be stable. Hospital sources said that of the six hospitalised, two had femur fractures, one a bilateral fracture and the other two ligament injuries in their legs.

Dr Aswini, the casualty medical officer at the hospital told Deccan Herald: “Of the 15 injured, six have sustained major injuries. Some went home after being treated as outpatients as they sustained only minor injuries. As for the six in our hospital, they are out of danger.”

Amit Sharma, who works in the Tech park, told Deccan Herald: “It was lunch time when I heard a loud thud. I raced down to the ground floor and helped people retrieve the injured and rushed them to hospital. Soon a huge crowd gathered and some tension ensued, and the senior HR guys came down and instilled confidence in the work force.”

The Mahadevapura Police have registered a case against the elevator company for negligence under Sections 337 and 338 of the IPC.

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