On Wednesday, a severe elevator accident occurred at the Trade World building in Mumbai’s Lower Parel area, leaving at least 14 people injured, including minors. The lift fell from the fourth floor of the building’s C wing, causing injuries to eight people, including three women. The incident took place at Kamala Mills compound, in trade world building.
The lift’s occupants were saved by the building’s security personnel, who also transported the injured to local hospitals, according to the city official. One victim is receiving care at the nearby civic-run KEM hospital, while seven others are being admitted to a private hospital in Parel. According to the official, four other people with minor bruising chose not to be hospitalized. The accident’s cause is currently being investigated.
Elevator safety is still a major concern in India, with at least 28 deaths attributed to elevator mishaps in 2019. The lack of a national policy on elevator safety standards, combined with smaller elevator manufacturers’ inability to implement necessary safety standards, increases the risk of accidents.
While European EN 81 standards are not legally required in India, they are considered world-class safety standards. The elevator safety system market is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, particularly due to the need to upgrade old elevators. Key players in the elevator safety system market include GAL Manufacturing Company, TK Elevator, Oleo International, and Otis Elevator Company.