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    TOWER BRIDGE LIFT FALL INCIDENT

    Tourists and staff injured and trapped as bridge lift in free fall

    lift incident at Tower Bridge London has caused injuries and sparked off a major alert.

    The City of London Corporation, who own and operate the lift, said: “The incident happened when the lift to the Tower Bridge exhibition was on the way down. It did not fall from the top; it fell the last 10ft – it suddenly dropped.” The lift was carrying less than 50% of the maximum capacity of 40-persons.

    A full-scale alert was triggered involving all emergency services and causing major traffic jams. HSE are investigating the cause. There are unconfirmed reports that a cable had failed.

    Comment: The free falling of an elevator is a rare event. The bridge itself is operated by hydraulics although it is not clear whether the lift is borne by cables or hydraulics. The latter class of elevators have been more frequently associated with free falling incidents.

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