Nishant Sharma (27) had joined a new job a week ago. On Tuesday morning, instead of reaching his work desk, he was wheeled in to a hospital bed after his head got stuck in a lift.
The accident happened at about 8.18 am. Sharma had parked his bike in the second basement and had entered one of the seven lifts to reach the tenth floor of the building where Sapient, his office, is housed. The building is owned by DLF.
“Just before reaching the first basement, the lift got stuck, perhaps due to power failure. Nishant called one of his friends and informed him about it. In the meantime, he slid open the lift door. While he was trying to come out, the lift got reactivated and the doors shut. His head was caught in between the two doors. As the lift moved upward, his head hit the concrete frame and his body bundled inside until the lift stopped on its own,” said Shashank Mohan Sharma.
Sharma is in the ICU of Artemis Hospital with bleak chances of survival. Dr Arun Siroha of the hospital said that chances of his survival were very less as he had serious head injuries. “There was no heart beat when Nishant was brought to the hospital and we revived him. There is serious problem of blood and oxygen supply in his brain due to extensive blood clotting,” he said.
According to the family of Sharma, he remained stuck in the lift for over 10 minutes before he was rushed to Artemis Hospital. They accused those responsible for maintaining lifts of negligence. The victim's father said if adequate safety features had been fixed in the lift, such an accident would not have happened.
Officials of the lift manufacturing and maintenance company, Kone, said they were still to ascertain the reasons that led to the accident.
“Our people were called after the incident happened. The lift was not fitted with the additional feature Automatic Safety Device because our client — the company that owns the building — did not asked for it. However, we are still to investigate the matter and identify the exact cause of the incident,” said NB Batla, regional manager, Kone.
ACP (East) Sumit Kuhar said the lift operators committed a mistake by asking Sharma to come out. The lift was reactivated just when he tried to come out and crush his head. The ACP said the relatives of the victim were alleging negligence on the part of the company maintaining the building and the lifts.
“We would confiscate the CCTV footage and launch investigation into the incident before filing an FIR against the company officials,” he said.
The family of Sharma has also accused that the maintenance company had tampered the CCTV footage of the building. Thy claimed the CCTV camera was not aligned to record the incident on the floor where the accident occurred.
Sanjay Roy, DLF spokesperson said it was an unfortunate incident and that they were investigating the case on their own to identify the reason behind the accident.