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5 Die in Accident in 'Instagram-Famous' Elevator

Hotel workers die when the inclined elevator they were in plunged hundreds of feet

(Newser) - Tragedy struck a Balinese resort on Friday afternoon: Five hotel workers died when the cable pulling the inclined elevator they were in snapped, sending them more than 200 feet down a ravine and causing them to break through a barrier at the lift's base, reports the New Zealand Herald ...

Boston Transit Agency Really Wants You to Hold It In on the Elevator

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority pilot program will use urine sensors

(Newser) - Urine trouble no more, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority hopes, with a new program to tackle public urination in system elevators with technology. The MBTA, which services Boston and the surrounding area, is launching a pilot program this summer in which urine detection sensors will be placed in four downtown...

Elevator Outages Bring Misery to a NYC High-Rise

The dangerous and extremely inconvenient situation has dragged on for months

(Newser) - Walk-up apartments and broken elevators are relatively common inconveniences in New York City, but residents of Twenty Exchange —an historic, 59-story luxury building in the Financial District—have certainly earned the right to gripe, which they exercised in a Monday news conference. Local officials were also there, per CBS...

Governor Gets Trapped in Malfunctioning Elevator

West Virginia's Jim Justice was stuck for around 30 minutes

(Newser) - A malfunction caused West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to become trapped in the elevator at the governor's residence Thursday, his office said. The Republican governor was stuck for about 30 minutes after the malfunction as mansion staff, state police, and other state government personnel worked to open the elevator,...

Atlanta Student Killed in Horrific Elevator Accident

Witnesses say football player was trapped when it went into free-fall

(Newser) - A student athlete in Atlanta was killed in a horrific accident involving an elevator that was apparently long overdue for inspection. Witnesses say three Champion Prep Academy football players boarded the elevator in an upper floor of an apartment building on their way to practice Tuesday afternoon, CBS 46 reports....

Boy Killed in Elevator on Day Family Arrives at Rental Home

Federal agency is now urging rental home companies to take action

(Newser) - Days after a 7-year-old boy was killed while on vacation in North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said this week that vacation rental services should warn customers that home elevators can be dangerous. The acting chairperson wrote a letter to companies including Airbnb, Vrbo, and TripAdvisor...

Report: Here's How Woman Died in 'Ungodly' Accident

Massachusetts inspectors take a closer look

(Newser) - Inspectors are casting fresh light on a horrible accident that claimed a woman's life in Boston last month, the Boston Globe reports. According to a state report, 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor plunged into an elevator shaft while lugging an oversized package on the first floor. She was moving into...

Boston Woman Dies in 'Gruesome' Elevator Accident

'I heard just an ungodly scream'

(Newser) - A Boston woman was killed Monday in a accident involving what a neighbor calls a "terrible old elevator." Carrie O'Connor, a 38-year-old lecturer at Boston University, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident around 5pm, WCVB reports. She had recently moved into the building in...

Reopened Monument Has a Little Glitch

The elevator conked out, at least for a while

(Newser) - The newly upgraded elevator at the Washington Monument stopped working just days after reopening to the public following a three-year renovation project, the AP reports. The National Park Service says there was a "brief interruption in service" for about an hour Saturday. Spokesman Mike Litterst said Parks Service staffers...

Pope Got Stuck in Vatican Elevator
The Pope Needed a Rescue 

The Pope Needed a Rescue

Francis got stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes and needed firefighters to get him out

(Newser) - Pope Francis says he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters, reports the AP. "I have to beg your pardon," Francis told the crowd, per KIRO . Francis apologized to the faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday for showing...

One Man Exited the Elevator. The 2nd Tried to, Was Killed

Horrific accident in NYC apartment building takes life of 30-year-old

(Newser) - A horrific accident in a New York City apartment building has left a 30-year-old tenant dead, and other residents say it's the result of ignored pleas to fix the site's elevators. Officials tell NBC New York that Samuel Waisbren was trying to exit an elevator in the lobby...

11 Workers Die After Elevator Cable Snaps

It is latest in string of Chinese industrial disasters

(Newser) - Eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured Thursday when an elevator at a construction site in northern China fell due to a snapped cable, state media reports. Voice of China radio said the accident, the latest in a series of deadly industrial incidents, occurred around 8am in the Hebei...

Woman Rescued After 3 Days in NYC Elevator

In a townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side

(Newser) - Feel like you had a bad weekend? It could have been worse. The New York Times reports a woman who worked at the residence at 48 East 65th Street in Manhattan was trapped in the townhouse's elevator from Friday night until the owners returned home Monday morning. A rep...

Elevator Drops 84 Floors, Causing Hours-Long Rescue

The passengers were pulled through a wall

(Newser) - The unthinkable happened for six visitors to Chicago's fourth tallest skyscraper when a cable snapped, dropping them dozens of stories before becoming trapped in an elevator for nearly three hours. Per the Chicago Tribune , the nightmare unfolded at the skyscraper once known as the Hancock Center on Friday when...

They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming

Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding

(Newser) - Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar...

Elevator Joke Causes a Ruckus in Academia
Elevator Joke Is Academia's
New #MeToo Flashpoint
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Elevator Joke Is Academia's New #MeToo Flashpoint

Male professor's 'lingerie' comment doesn't sit well with female professor

(Newser) - The world of academia has a small-scale furor on its hands over a joke told in a crowded elevator. It played out last month at a Hilton in San Francisco during the annual conference of the International Studies Association, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education . When someone called out a...

Instant Karma Greets Boy Who Peed in Elevator
Instant Karma
Greets Boy Who
Peed in Elevator

Instant Karma Greets Boy Who Peed in Elevator

Whiz kid caused a short circuit, which left him trapped

(Newser) - China's Ministry of Public Security released footage of a boy peeing in an elevator in an effort to warn about unsupervised kids. But it's the instant karma the kid received that's overtaken the conversation, per the BBC . The Friday footage from Chongqing shows a boy peeing on...

Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident

Rocio Cortes Nuñez had just delivered her 3rd child via C-section

(Newser) - A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to birth her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville's Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when...

Man Found Dead in Elevator Pressed Help Button Twice

'Something is not right,' fire official says

(Newser) - Investigators aren't sure exactly when 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik died—but they know he died alone, trapped in an elevator, after calling for help and getting no response. The Denver man, who had dementia, was found dead in an elevator at an apartment complex on Aug. 2 after residents reported...

Number of US Occupations Automated Since 1950: 1

Pour one out for our lost elevator operators

(Newser) - While there's a lot of worry about robots replacing American workers, a paper by Harvard economist James Bessen found automation has made humans obsolete in just one job over the past 67 years. Of 270 occupations listed in the 1950 US Census, only elevator operator no longer exists due...

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