3 Hungry Days Stuck in Elevator

Sarah Camp & Emily Manning

The Issue

Mr.Chen, a Happy Dragon delivery man, was on a delivery run to Tracey Towers; on his way out an unexpected situation occurred. Mr.Chen got stuck in one of the buildings elevators, with him speaking very little english, he had a difficult time communicating through the emergency intercom and getting a response back. When a maintenance man realized the car wasn't working he shut the power off. After three long days the power was turned back on and the emergency alarm went off at 4:10 am.


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/06/nyregion/3-hungry-days-for-deliveryman-stuck-in-elevator.html?_r=2

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/17/nyregion/deliveryman-relives-the-fear-of-81hour-ordeal-in-elevator.html

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Quotes

"She said something, and I couldn't understand, and she couldn't understand me." (Through the elevator)


"I thought I would never see daylight again."

-Mr. Chen


http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/06/nyregion/3-hungry-days-for-deliveryman-stuck-in-elevator.html?_r=2

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/17/nyregion/deliveryman-relives-the-fear-of-81hour-ordeal-in-elevator.html

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Article: Stuck In An Elevator

This article titled, “Stuck in an Elevator”, is written by Fredric Neuman, a therapist with many patients who have been stuck in elevators and “Their anxiety level spiked, lessened, then spiked again.” Most of his patients were elevator phobics and were trapped overnight in their worst nightmare during the New York blackout a few years ago. They suffered "Claustrophobia (the fear of enclosed spaces, such as elevators)," lead to panic attacks and can cause discomfort and effects such as "psychological fear of losing control."He discusses treatments of panic disorders such as simply remaining in the phobic situation until the attack settles and slowly goes away. By allowing the attack to run its course a person will eventually experience them enough for their fear to disappear completely.


https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fighting-fear/201205/stuck-in-elevator

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Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by irrational fear of enclosed or small spaces. Causes are known to be genetic and the environment a person lives in. Symptoms usually include sweating, rapid heart beat, shortness of breath or hyperventilation, trembling, lightheadedness or fainting, nausea, and feelings of dread, terror, panic. This phobia can be triggered by anticipating an event or situation and can cause panic attacks. While you cannot prevent it, it is likely to reduce through adult hood and symptoms can be reduced through relaxation.


http://www.mountsinai.org/patient-care/health-library/diseases-and-conditions/claustrophobia

Article: When Stuck In An Elevator...

The article “When stuck in an elevator” is written by Krutika Behrawala a reporter for The Times of India. The article is about an actor who was trapped in an elevator for only a few minutes but still experienced immense reactions. It discusses what a person should do when stuck in an elevator providing tips a person should remember such as “stay calm,” “push the door open button,” and “press the call button.” Behrawala also mentions precautionary measures in order to ensure a safe ride.


http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/relationships/man-woman/When-stuck-in-an-elevator-/articleshow/25128772.cms

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Statistics

This website provides statistics and graphs labeling deaths in elevators and causes. In a study measuring deaths of passengers using elevators in 2003, there were 21 instances of falls in elevators that caused death and 16 deaths of those caught in between the doors. Along with this information, there is information on what do when you are trapped and how to handle the situation.

http://www.ohlone.edu/org/safety/docs/safetyart-elavatorsafetytrapped.pdf

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More Safety

The Schindler Elevator Company provided a guide to safety including precautions and the emergency controls that should be utilized when in a dangerous situation. Emergency controls include a back up light that will turn on when power is lost and signal to operators who can then return the elevators to the main floor and take precaution.

http://elevatingsystems.com