Jumping passengers listed as official cause for stuck elevator at RECC

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Some parents say kids were not jumping

TRURO – The official cause for an elevator getting stuck at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre (RECC) Sunday night was the result of jumping activity taking place inside the passenger car, a spokesperson says.

Six kids were trapped inside this elevator at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre on Sunday.

“When the mechanic arrived from the elevator company, he determined that the governor safety switch had been tripped,” said RECC executive assistant Tanya Fifield.

“He said that indicated to him that passengers in the car had been jumping. So that came directly from the mechanic from the elevator company. And I actually do have that written in an incident report.”

About a half dozen children aged between 5 and 12 were trapped in the RECC’s elevator for approximately one-and-a-half hours during a hockey game at the civic centre on Sunday.

The initial story on the incident, published in Tuesday’s Truro Daily News, prompted response from the mothers of two of the involved children, who both took offence to comments from general manager Jim Lambert that jumping activity had caused the elevator to get stuck.

“I am disheartened at the fact that this article is so misleading and portrays my son and these other children as a bunch of bad kids, all of which are not,” one mother wrote in an email.

Another mother wrote that she was “just sick about the article…”, especially, she said, given that her 11-year-old daughter and other kids “swear no one was jumping.

“I know they should not be playing in the elevator but come on, two different security guards told me it’s happened three times this season.”

“These kids were scared and sweating and so red when they got out,” she said. “The 5 year old was hysterical and peed his pants because he couldn't hold it anymore. The security guards didn't care about them at all and didn't look for any of the parents.”

When presented with that information, Fifield said there has been one previous incident reported last summer about an elevator being stuck at the centre, but as with the last incident, “the first one was a similar situation,” she said. “They said the governor safety switch had been tripped.”

“There have been no other incidents recorded of issues with the elevator.”

Fifield said that as soon as the RECC’s operator received word about the situation, a call was immediately placed to the elevator company, at which point the centre was informed it would take 90 minutes for a mechanic to arrive.

A call was then placed to the Truro fire department, which responded immediately, she said.

“Once the fire department is on site, it is no longer in our hands. The fire department takes control.”

And Fifield said that by the time the centre’s operator was notified of the situation, some parents had already arrived at the scene.

“My understanding is, and based on what we can see on camera, there were already parents present from pretty much the beginning onward.”

And while there is some “discrepancy” around how long the lift was actually stuck, Fifield said, the information she has indicates it was from between 70 and 90 minutes.

She also emphasized that the situation is not being treated lightly and that a review of the elevator malfunction  “was already in process” although “nothing had been finalized.”

“The RECC does care about the community and those who come to use this facility,” Fifield said.  “And safety is foremost for us.”



Organizations: Truro Daily News

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  • Joe
    October 19, 2014 - 13:25

    They were jumping there's no other way that safety switch would have been flipped. I've been trapped in an elevator before when my genius of a dad and uncles thought it would be fun to jump in the elevator. It took more than a few jumps from a few 200 lb men to trip it.

  • take blame mom and dad
    February 05, 2014 - 17:48

    Where were the parents? How are the guards suppose to find you to tell you about your kids if they don't know there names? $2.00 daycare for three hours. If blaming others makes you feel better about not taking responsibility for your own actions, grow up . Take the blame you know you could of stopped this if you actually took your kids to the game to watch it.

  • Tina Gratto
    February 05, 2014 - 17:26

    I find this quite interesting. No where did I read that the children were called bad or anything of that nature. Children should not be allow on any elevator without an adult present under any circumstances. Parents need to be responsible for their children and need to know where they are in a public setting. Maybe there should be signs placed throughout the RECC stating that all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  • AuroraGG
    February 05, 2014 - 13:37

    In a larger group you'd expect to find a few parents who are able to weasel the truth out of their kids, especially between the ages of 5-12…. But, even it was triggered by jumping – 70 to 90 minutes is a very long time to have the elevator opened up for the kids to exit.

  • Paula
    February 05, 2014 - 12:46

    "The security guards didn't care about them at all and didn't look for any of the parents." Maybe the parents should find their own kids, I mean why are these parents criticizing everyone who works at the RECC when they apparently allow their kids to run free in this building without supervision. It is probably worth mentioning that elevators are built for people who are handicapped or for transporting items from floor to floor. There was no reason for those kids to be on that elevator, let alone without supervision. Even if they didn't jump, which they undoubtedly did, there was no reason for these inattentive parents to become self- righteous. They should just appreciate their anonymity and watch their children. The parents need to stop playing the victim card, and just get over it.

  • Haha
    February 05, 2014 - 11:32

    Really...The RECC center has been a joke from day 1.....they are already looking at reducing services to save money......and now other local rinks are loosing money......this has become a farce all the way around

  • T
    February 05, 2014 - 11:21

    agreed,I am a mom of four,kids do jump,they should not have been allowed to all be running around,we all know what happens when a few get together,trouble...and as young as 5???..way too young to be without their parents

  • jumpy the elevator destroyer
    February 05, 2014 - 09:58

    No video camera in the elevator? Whats up with that? I would think a brand new building like this would at least have something as simple as video surveillance. I remember jumping in the elevators as a kid, lots of fun. In fact I still do it in my 30's to scare my wife.

  • GORD
    February 05, 2014 - 08:26

    Aw, jees...next thing you know the RECC will hire an elevator attendant to burn through more of our money.

  • chief wigwam
    February 05, 2014 - 07:59

    Parents should look after there kids and take responsibly for there kids!!!!

  • Wandy
    February 05, 2014 - 07:50

    Of course they were jumping. Kids jump. I would like to know why the offended parents weren't with their small kids?? Kids shouldn't be running around loose...anything could happen. Be thankful it was only a stuck elevator.

  • Joe
    February 05, 2014 - 06:21

    Come on lol. We all know the kids were jumping. Maybe not all of them but some for sure. Not a big deal, kids will be kids. They jump on beds,Elevators, trampolines ect.. They will also lie about something they did that will possibly get them in trouble.

    • Kamala
      February 05, 2014 - 07:42

      And the parents should be held responsible for the costs of any repairs (if necessary). Being a kid is no excuse for being stupid.

  • Tracy in Truro
    February 04, 2014 - 21:41

    Sounds like this mother was caught not knowing where her kid was or what they were up to! The RECC is not a babysitter...your children are your responsibility and no one else's! And of course they are going to deny they were jumping...because they know better (at least they should) and when they aren't being watched...they will do things they aren't suppose to! It's kid nature!!