Bfn maintenance company speaks on elevator shaft fall

The Bloemfontein company that services the lifts at Bloem Plaza in the Free State capital’s city centre confirms the 62-year-old man who fell down an elevator shaft on Thursday at the mall is their employee, shedding light on the incident.

The manager at Elerect, Fanie Nel, tells OFM News the maintenance man slipped down a ladder into the pit of the elevator shaft, as he was servicing it.

Nel says the pit is about 1,7m deep and not 2m as stated earlier by ER24. He explains the employee – who has asked to remain unnamed – did not sustain head wounds, but hurt his arm, has a bruise above his left eye and a fracture in his lower leg, for which he will be operated on later today. ER24 spokesperson, Russel Meiring, told OFM News when paramedics arrived at the Bloem Plaza at around 11:00 in the morning, they found the man lying in the shaft.

He says medics climbed into the elevator shaft to assess the man’s condition. “The man was treated for his injuries and provided with advanced life support interventions. Once treated, Provincial Fire Services assisted paramedics in lifting the patient from the elevator shaft. The man was thereafter transported to Mediclinic Bloemfontein for further treatment. The details surrounding this incident are not yet known,” concludes Meiring.

It is expected he will be discharged from hospital by Saturday following his surgery today.

OFM News/Olebogeng Motse