Woman suffers serious injuries from care home lift shaft fall


A woman in her 80s suffered serious injuries after falling down a care home lift shaft.

Sutton Coldfield Fire Station said the woman had fallen from the second floor of the lift shaft onto the top of the lift on the ground floor at an unnamed nursing home in Birmingham Road, Sutton Coldfield early on Monday morning.

The woman is believed to have entered the lift shaft after a malfunction caused its doors to open.

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A spokesperson from West Midlands Fire Service said: “This call was at 5.34am on Monday morning (August 17). The report was a woman had fallen into a lift shaft. We sent two crews, one from Erdington and one from Sutton Coldfield, with a total of 10 firefighters. The first crew was there in just over four minutes.

“A lady in her 80s appears to have fallen from the second floor on to the top of the lift at ground floor level. The ambulance service attended. We left the incident with the home and a lift engineer who was on scene.”

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “We were called by the fire service at 5.28am to Birmingham Road in Sutton Coldfield. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and HART paramedics attended and arrived to find a woman who had suffered serious injuries after reportedly falling through a lift shaft. Ambulance staff administered trauma care to the woman before she was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.”

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  1. Lift’s aren’t a wise idea for the elderly. I think every bedroom in every care home should be on the ground floor. They’re safer that way. What surprises me even more is how the CQC haven’t pulled care home managers up about removing safe carpeting from their care homes and replacing the carpets with floorboards. I don’t care that floorboards are the latest fashion. Care homes should never even be about the latest fashion’s. I’m not so sure that care home residents even give a damn about latest fashion’s. Carpet’s are much safer. Can you imagine how many care home residents will end up in hospital from falling onto hard floors? My gran did, and she never regained consciousness. Having the latest flooring in care homes because “it’s the latest fashion” is no excuse for risking care home resident’s livelihoods. I hope this problem with care home floorings comes up on the news one day, because I dread to think about how slippy floors can get. I can’t bear to think that more care home residents will end up with concussion if they fall onto a hard floor. It’s beggars belief. Where’s the common sense of these care home managers? I thought they did health and safety. Seems not if they are allowed to put hard laminated flooring down instead of keeping their carpets. Carpet’s are also a comfort to care home residents. Especially one’s with dementia or mental illness.

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