Fatal spider lift incident
A woman was killed on Monday, February 13th, when a spider lift overturned and landed on her at a shopping centre in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Two men, one 19 and one 45, were using the platform to clean the façade of the building and were apparently working at a height of around 20 metres when it lost stability and went over, they were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The woman who was in a wheelchair just outside the entrance to the mall was trapped under the overturned machine. By the time she was extracted she was dead.
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It seems that the overturn was caused by an issue with one of the lift’s outriggers, although that has yet to be confirmed. The machine was being used by a façade cleaning company - LeaL Técnicas Verticales. A lawyer for the deceased is seeking damage from the cleaning company and the shopping mall.