The Straits Times
Published on Dec 03, 2012

Two die in separate Japan lift accidents, totalling three deaths in two months


TOKYO (AFP) - Two people died on Monday after separate lift incidents in Japan, with a restaurant worker trapped in a dumb waiter and an office worker caught half-way through the doors when an elevator suddenly dropped.

A 28-year-old woman died after getting trapped in the dumb waiter at a restaurant in the central city of Nagoya late Sunday, police said. The lift, reportedly just 70 cm high by 60 cm wide, was designed to carry dishes between floors of the restaurant.

"An assistant manager found her stuck in the door after she didn't reply to his call," said a police spokesman in Aichi prefecture. The injured woman was rushed to hospital but died early Monday morning, according to authorities.

Broadcaster Nippon Television reported that the machinery involved in Sunday's accident was built by a Japanese manufacturer.