Years ago when i was working on a brand new multistorey building me and 12 others were working on the 24 th floor , The lift finally arrived and we started down for lunch . All of a suddern the lift failed and it free fell down the building ,the lights went out as we catipulited down the building .The lift was moving so fast it was banging against the walls of the shaft and the wind was pushing though the rubber seals on the door.. The lift was falling.I looked into the eyes of the 12 others that were in the lift with me , I could see in there eyes the fright, they all thought were going to die. Not one person so much as blinked.They all looked straight ahead. the lift must have fell for maybe one or two seconds but it truely felt like ten minutes . All of a suddern the brakes came on and the lift started to pull up ,it felt like my legs were getting pushed into my chest .Then Bang we hit the bottom and the lift bounced a couple of times .We didnt fall over as we were packed in to tight . What save us is the emerency brakes programed to come in a certain speed ,but still they came in late, when the lift had hit maximum speed of gravity, the lift had dropped approx 22 floors .We were lucky because there were four floors below ground level .The brakes had come on between ground floor and base ment one .The lift needed four floor to stop but we had three and a half ,we hit four large springs on the bottom of the lift well which made us bounce
After about twentyminutes the lift was slowly winched up and they used crow bars to open the doors and they dragged us out one by one as the lift was stuck half way between the lowest floor and the base were we had hit the springs.When they opened the door all the rescuers could say thank goodness we thought you were all killed .
they covered the incident up and gave us four days off work with pay , maybe it wasnt my lucky day .I was told later it was a 100th of a second between life and death . This happened in Melbourne 1983
Edited by jacsmith_xxx, 09 December 2005 - 07:04 AM.