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Paramedics at the resort where a tourist died between the lift and a wall

Riddle of How Phuket Tourist Died Trapped in Patong Resort's Lift Well

Friday, May 22, 2015
PHUKET: A Swiss tourist died early today when he was caught in a lift mechanism at a resort in Phuket's west coast Patong holiday hub.

Police were called from Kathu Police Station to Baan Paradise Resort in Rat-U-Tit 200 Pi Road about 1.50am when staff found the lift had jammed.

The doors on the third floor, where the man had a room, were closed.

Inspection showed the 54-year-old Swiss man had become wedged head-down between the lift and the wall.

Rescue workers removed him and took the body to Patong Hospital.

The man, dressed in a blue shirt and brown shorts, had been staying alone in a room on the third floor of the five-storey resort.

Investigations into how the man became trapped are continuing.

Phuketwan has been given the man's name but will not publish it until relatives have been informed.

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Is that 4 foreigners killed in Phuket this week?

Posted by gee on May 22, 2015 13:52

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How the heck can something like this happen?

Posted by Jose on May 22, 2015 15:05

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This is the 2nd fatality on Phuket involving a lift; the other was a Thai member of staff killed in Karon approx 1 year ago. It makes you worry about the standards of installation & inspection which are normally quite stringent. Such accidents simply should not occur.

Posted by Logic on May 22, 2015 18:04

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Jose,
It can't happen unless the safety controls have been intentionally modified or overridden. If failure of any safety control occurs it would result in the lift stopping in fail safe mode and can only be overridden from the lift motor room.
Vertical transport is probably the safest form of passenger movement due to the design of the required safety controls to cover all potential failures.

Posted by Manowar on May 22, 2015 19:13

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Manowar
I think Jose meant how did this man wind up head first between a lift and the interior wall. That is a good question

Posted by anonymous on May 23, 2015 12:54


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