Thursday, 31 March 2016

Starbucks lift shaft fall: Woman breaks legs and pelvis


Starbucks Solihull lift shaftImage copyrightWest Midlands Fire Service
Image captionEmergency services were called to the Starbucks branch on Solihull's High Street after a woman fell down a lift shaft
A woman has broken her pelvis and her legs in a 25ft (7.6m) fall down a lift shaft in a Starbucks coffee shop.
She plunged down the shaft at a branch on High Street in Solihull and had to be rescued by firefighters.
The woman, who is said to be in her 20s, is now being treated in the trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.
A spokesman said: "Ambulance staff were told that the woman in her 20s had tried to use the lift but when she stepped into the lift shaft there was nothing there and she fell approximately 25ft to the bottom of the shaft.
"Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate her from the confined space."
Starbucks Solihull lift shaftImage copyrightGoogle
Image captionThe Solihull branch of Starbucks will remain closed while an investigation into the incident is completed
The Starbucks coffee branch will remain closed until an investigation into how the incident happened is completed.
A spokesman said they were "shocked and distressed by this terrible incident", adding they were "working closely" with authorities as part of the investigation.
A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said the investigation is being carried out by the local authority.
Coffee-based drinks from StarbucksImage copyrightGetty Images
Image captionStarbucks said it is co-operating with the investigation into the incident where a woman was injured in a lift shaft in Solihull

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