Egypt: Head of Benha University Hospital resigns post fatal elevator accident

Following an extremely unfortunate incident at the Egypt’s Benha University Hospital wherein an elevator collapsed, the head of the university hospital has resigned from his position.

The collapse occurred from the seventh floor leading to the death of seven people and four other injured. Te elevator collapsed when visitors to the hospital were still in it. Reportedly one of the elevator’s cables gave way.

Investigations have been carried out since then regarding the accident. According to the enquiry  there was no anti-fall safety device to prevent it from falling, adding that the elevator’s maximum load was 1,000kg, with a capacity of 10 people. There had been no official indication that the elevator was overloaded at the time of the incident.
The Ministry of Higher Education has additionally dismissed some hospital officials, while Egypt’s Prosecutor General Nabil Sadek ordered a four-day detention for the director of the maintenance company responsible for the technical maintenance of the hospital’s elevators.

Additionally Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghafer has also announced compensation for the victims of the unfortunate accident. He has ordered EGP100,000 ($5,668) in compensation for the families of each deceased, and EGP50,000 for each person injured.

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