I was in an office building when I entered the lift and pushed to go down from the 6th floor to the 1st. After the doors closed the lift descended ever so slightly, maybe an inch or two, and then stopped. And lo and behold the doors didn’t open! I did what anyone would do and waited patiently for the lift to start moving again but when it didn’t, I started to grow a little anxious.
Of course, working at a lift company and being part of many lift installations, refurbs and modernisations, I’m used to being in that sort of environment so you’d think I would be able to keep clam and relax. However, when you’re in a situation like that, which is completely out of control, it’s hard to know how you’d react and I did start to get a little flustered.
Luckily I didn’t need to press the buzzer or call for help and the lift restarted itself and took me down to the ground floor. But it was a hairy couple of minutes! We’re always talking about the importance of regular lift maintenance and reliable lift installations with a quality lift company but this first-hand experience really hammered the point home!