Trapped persons

Actions to take if a person is trapped in a lift or machinery.

Our University has a large number of lifts and machinery. Lifts have been known to break down with people still inside. Staff and students also have the potential, even with our safety programs in place, to accidentally get caught or trapped in heavy machinery.

Actions to take if a person is trapped in a lift.

  • Look for the "Lift Emergency Phone" button or phone in your lift.
  • State your location and the lift number.
  • Remember to keep calm, help will be on the way.
  • State which level you believe you are on or between.
  • Time of breakdown.
  • Do not attempt to open lift doors or release the occupants yourself.

Note: in some lifts telephones are provided with advice as to who you should call. In more modern lifts a push button, intercom type, direct dial service is provided.

If you observe a malfunction from outside an elevator.

  • If you think someone may be trapped inside, contact UniSafe.
  • If they can hear you, try to reassure trapped person(s) that help is on the way.
  • Do not attempt to open lift doors or release the occupants yourself.
  • Should occupants suffer a medical condition while trapped contact the emergency services.

Security will ensure that help is on its way either via Maintenance or the lift company directly. Security will attend to reassure lift occupants. In extreme cases the Fire Brigade may be called to assist with the rescue.

UniSafe
Ext:
966
Phone:
0800 373 7550 (if calling from a mobile phone)

Actions to take if a person is trapped by machinery.

  • If appropriate, stop the machinery involved to prevent further injury.
  • Contact the emergency services and request an ambulance.
  • Contact a first aid person in the building and administer basic first aid; only if it is safe to do so and there is no further risk to the trapped person.
  • Do not attempt to release the trapped person until the emergency services arrive.
  • Contact UniSafe, and try to contain the scene and remove unnecessary people until they arrive.
  • Inform the Health, Safety and Wellness Manager.

Ian O’Keefe
Health, Safety & Wellness Manager
Ext: 89645
Mobile: +64 21 937 741
Email: i.okeefe@auckland.ac.nz