Elderly stuck in lift at Silwerkroon

NOT OPERATING: The lift at Silwerkroon with a no entry sign warning tenants that maintenance is in progress.

Silwerkroon Old Age Home is again left without the services of the lift that is a necessity for the residents.

The lift in Silwerkroon burned out on April 5. According to technicians from Schindler Lifts, the motor bearing had seized, which in turn caused the lift to stop. The lift is still not operational more than a week after it burned out.

Tenant Maureen Jordaan was in the lift when it burned out. She was at the time going upstairs to buy electricity for her flat. Maureen has problems with her lungs which necessitates her being on oxygen and is mainly wheelchair bound. She used the lift that day because walking upstairs is too strenuous for her.

“I was terrified,” said Maureen. “I was already short of breath due to the stress of the lift stopping when smoke started to pour into the lift.”

Luckily staff that was on site managed to pry open the door of the lift allowing them to reach Maureen. During the process of lifting her out of the lift, which got stuck with only about 50cm open above the floor, Maureen’s arm was badly cut on a sharp part of the door. Her rescuers rushed her back to her room so that she could get back on the oxygen she needed. Emergency services treated her wound once she was safely back in her room.

The lift at Silwerkroon is a necessity for many of the elderly residents. Those that are wheelchair bound or unfit to take the stairs rely on the lift to reach the different floors of the building.

Issues with the lift have been plaguing Silwerkroon for some time now. The lift broke completely in June 2017 and forced the tenants to take the stairs for almost nine months, only being operational again on February 14 thanks to a private company taking the matter into their own hands.

INJURED: Maureen Jordaan shortly after being rescued from the lift. The bandage on her arm shows the location of the cut she received from the lift.

Councillor Bruna Haipel has called for urgent action to be taken from both Ekurhuleni Metro Municipality, as well as Schindler Lifts, to return the lift to working order.

In response to her concerns, Dean Coetzee, service leader of Schindler Lifts, proposed repairs to the lift which involve installing extra protection on the motor to prevent further burnouts.

Councillor Izak Berg has also contacted the HOD of real estate and the city management asking for the problem to be fixed.

Repairs to the lift are scheduled to take place this week.

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Roedolf Walker
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