22 November 2012

Namibia: Lift Plunges 8 Floors, Woman Survives

A PARLIAMENT restaurant worker, Jessica Kasusuva, survived when a lift fell eight floors at the government offices next to the Office of the Prime Minister.

According to paramedic Percy Openshaw of Crisis Response, Kasusuva appeared to have broken pelvis and thigh bones.

“She could still speak and told us that she had a lot of pain in that area,” he said.

She was taken to the Katutura State Hospital's emergency unit.

The accident occurred just before 14h00 yesterday.

Openshaw said they received an emergency call seven minutes after two.

Kasusuva had apparently gone up to the eighth floor to deliver refreshments.

“She said she got into the lift and then it just went down faster and faster. It must have gone down with quite a speed, because the lights of the lift fell out,” said Openshaw.

An Otis technician at the scene was reluctant to comment, but The Namibian was reliably informed that the four lifts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Information had been installed a couple of months ago due to previous problems with faulty lifts.

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