In a mishap that happened on Friday afternoon, a man was trapped and crushed to death by a falling lift at an apartment in Putrajaya
The man was a lift maintenance worker and was carrying out elevator maintenance work at the time of mishap at the Putra Harmoni Apartment, Precinct 9, Putrajaya on 2 October, Bernama reported.
The incident was confirmed by Putrajaya Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM) director Hafizal Mohd Razali, who said the 36-year-old man died at the scene.
It took a fire and rescue team half an hour to remove the victim
According to the JBPM director, Putrajaya Fire and Rescue team arrived at the scene at 12.23pm after receiving a distress call at about 12.20pm regarding the incident.
Following which, it took the team half an hour to carry out the operation to remove the trapped victim.
The victim was pronounced dead by the medical team, he said
There have been 11 incidents involving lifts from 2019 until August this year, according to the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH)
A special Bernama report stated that of the 11, six of the cases were in Kuala Lumpur, two in Selangor, and one case each in Sarawak, Penang, and Melaka.
A total of 70,005 elevators are registered at DOSH since January to August this year nationwide and out of that number, 6,783 elevators are without CF, inactive, or faulty," the report said.
The Bernama report blamed an apparent lackadaisical attitude of the Joint Management Body (JMB) and the Management Corporation (MC) in appointing unqualified contractors for elevator maintenance as one of the reasons for the never-ending lift breakdowns in the country.
Last week, cable failure led to a 33-year-old suffering a misadventure when the rope she was swinging from in Hulu Selangor snapped: