How To Survive an Elevator Crash


We all have that one advice giver in our lives that feels like they know it all. And I am sure it’s from them you heard the following so-called facts:

Myth #1: Jump before impact


Resist the temptation to remain standing and jump at the end of the fall to save yourself. This mythical advice is unfounded and defies basic laws of physics. To begin with, it would be almost impossible to remain standing in a plummeting elevator and even more difficult to plan a jump that perfectly corresponds with the elevator hitting the bottom of the shaft. The elevator floor is the safest place to be – lie face down and spread your weight evenly.

Myth #2: Attempt Escape


Ignore everything you’ve seen in the movies. Attempting to open elevator doors or to crawl into the shaft will drastically increase the extent of your injuries and your chance of dying. Most elevator-related injuries and fatalities happen to construction or maintenance workers, followed by people who fall down shafts or are crushed after being caught in elevator doors or between floors.


These fears derive from the old style elevators. Modern elevators incorporate safety features to help prevent fatal falls. Traction elevators, which move cars up and down using steel cables, pulleys and counterweights, have a speed-sensing governor. If the car zips downward too quickly, the governor activates brakes on the elevator’s travel rails.

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Shanghai Metal manufactures value added the hot rolled steel strips used in the manufacture of the new safer elevators, and are high quality to avoid such occurrences.  To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.

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Sources:  EHow, Live ScienceSurvivalTraining, io9



Siobhan R.// SMC Editor



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