Narrow escape for pregnant woman, 3 others in lift crash

Staffer of a private nursing home suffers fracture in the leg

Narrow escape for pregnant woman, 3 others in lift crash

Four people, including a pregnant woman, had a narrow escape when the lift at a private nursing home crashed to the ground on Wednesday afternoon. Snapping of the cable led to the crash, police said.

Vandana, 32, a pregnant woman, was trying to reach the third floor of Lakshmi Maternity Home on 15th Cross in Malleswaram. She had come to the hospital for a routine checkup. A few seconds after it took off, people in the lift felt a jerk.

 Suddenly, it crashed to the ground floor with a loud snap. Besides Vandana, her husband Shankarnadha Mishra, hospital staff Jaya, and lift mechanic Puttaraju were in the lift at the time of the accident.

Mishra told Deccan Herald that the lift was at the first floor level when it crashed and hence there wasn’t much damage. His wife too is fine, he added. However, Jaya suffered a fracture in her leg and has been admitted to M S Ramaiah Hospital.

Dr Mahesh, a spokesperson of the hospital, said: “We immediately rushed to the spot and forced the door open. We rescued all the occupants and sent them to a nearby hospital.”

However, no complaint has been lodged either against the hospital or the lift manufacturer. The sub-divisional ACP told Deccan Herald that as none had suffered any serious injury and no complaint had been lodged, the police had not registered a case.

Gross violation

Elevator safety norms were found to be grossly violated by Lakshmi Maternity Home. The lift provided is a temporary arrangement — built with aluminium sheets outside the building — as the hospital has taken up expansion work on an adjacent site.

Patients, especially pregnant women, had been using it for the past one year and the disaster was only waiting to happen.

When Deccan Herald asked the hospital authorities about the makeshift elevator, they merely said that it was a temporary arrangement for the convenience of patients. Neither the hospital staff nor the public were supposed to use it.

This is not the first time such an accident has occurred at the hospital. One of the staffers said, “Two months after this lift was installed, an old woman sustained minor injuries after it came to an abrupt halt midway.”

“We have complained to the local lift maintaining agency to regularly check if it is in a proper working condition. But similar problems occur every now and then. It has been a year since I’ve seen the lift agency owner after its installation,” he said.

Also the specification board in the cabin says only two people are to travel in the lift. However, this norm too was violated as there were four – a lift operator, a staff nurse and a couple in the cabin when the accident occurred on Wednesday.

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