A 57-year-old woman died from injuries after she fell down the elevator shaft at a food processing plant in Himeji City on Wednesday.
Another employee working at the Ogawa Foods plant noticed the freight elevator’s doors on the second floor were left open, and saw the woman lying on the floor of the elevator shaft, wedged between the elevator below and the wall. Ambulance personnel rushed to the scene and took her to hospital, but the woman died shortly after due to her severe head injuries.
Police said the elevator had manual doors that could only be opened when the elevator arrived at the floor. They said the woman was moving stock down to the first floor, and that it was possible she didn’t notice the elevator wasn’t there.
A spokesman for the company said that the elevator had stopped between floors in the past, but that they had it repaired.© News reports