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Paternoster – The Most Dangerous Lift In History

Despite the continually shifting and highly scientific structure of the elevator model, it can turn into a lethal trap for the careless. Information from Interesting

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A vertical conveyance for moving people or things up and down floors of a ship, building, or other structure is an elevator. Modern elevators are often equipped with electric motors that pull the cables and counterweight systems such as cranes, or hydraulic fluid pumps to raise a cylindrical piston.
Ordinary elevators operate according to a very safe mechanism, when the elevator arrives at the same level with the floor, the elevator door will open. It will only keep going if people come in and the door shuts. The elevator will stop functioning if the door does not entirely close for whatever reason.

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The Paternoster ladder, on the other hand, is entirely unique and has earned the title of “The Most Dangerous Type of Lift in the World.” The first lift of this type was installed in Dartford, UK in 1884. Its patent was submitted seven years earlier by a British engineer named Peter Hart. The name paternoster comes from the Latin word “Our Father”, which is the first two words of “The Lord’s Prayer”. Later, Paternoster was brought to Germany and the Netherlands.

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Landing doors, cabin doors, and screens are not commonly found on Paternoster lifts for enhanced convenience. People would have to wait at the landing door and must promptly step into the elevator cabin when the elevator arrives, otherwise they will miss it.

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More while the lift moves much more slowly than a typical elevator, this makes users even more vulnerable because they could lose their balance and fall out while the lift is in motion.

Many people have died using this type of elevator, some of which even fell into the pits. As a result, this approach is not appropriate for the disabled, children, or the elderly.

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Paternoster has been outlawed in several nations because to the awful level of risk involved. However, for those who are still operating, investors have been installing doors and modern control systems so that they can operate like conventional lifts.

H/T: WSJ