Teenager falls down lift shaft
12th December 2011
A teenage girl has escaped serious injury after falling down a 20-foot lift shaft at her school. Morgan Seaton, 15, suffered four broken vertebrae after falling down the shaft at Liberton High School in Scotland, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.
It is thought that Morgan's injuries could have been much worse if she had not been wearing a pair of Wellington boots. The high school student, who suffered from a phobia of lifts before the accident, is currently recovering in hospital.
Doctors said Morgan is extremely lucky to be alive after landing on the metal surface at the bottom of the lift shaft. She is said to be fine apart from a very badly bruised back, a sore neck and a sense of shock.
Morgan's hamstring, which she had previously injured before the accident, remained intact. The keen dancer posted a message to her friends and family on her Facebook profile thanking them for their support.
Morgan's mother Myra Seaton told the Edinburg Evening News: "The hospital said if she had been wearing her pumps or heels, her ankles would have shattered. At the time she was screaming and her friends who were with her saw her go down the gap - they were hysterical.
"From what we know, the lift seems to have broken down between floors and a member of staff had managed to open the doors, then tried to get her out."
Mrs Seaton added that the school had been having persistent problems with the lift and it had only been fixed the day before Morgan's accident.
The incident has highlighted the importance of lift insurance, with the Health and Safety Executive announcing that they have launched an investigation into the incident.
A spokesperson for the body confirmed that representatives have been on the site and will take the appropriate action if necessary.
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