What Happens When The Elevator Cable Breaks?

What if You Were on an Elevator and the Cable Broke? Modern elevators have mechanisms in place to prevent elevators from falling to the ground if the cable breaks.

What Would Happen if you were on an Elevator and the Cables Broke? In November 2018, some people boarded an Elevator at the former John Hancock Center in Chicago for the ride down from the 95th floor to the lobby. But the long ride got a lot worse when one of the cables snapped and the Elevator plunged 84 floors to the 11th floor.

Amazingly, none of the passengers had to be hospitalized and there were no serious injuries. The passengers thought they had only fallen a few floors. It is one of the worst things that can happen to people in an elevator. How was it possible that everyone survived there? 

Fortunately, Engineers already thought about this situation. And that's why almost all modern Elevators or Lifts have emergency safety mechanisms that are highly effective and proven to prevent free-fall. Even if all the cables in the elevator are torn, it will never fall at free speed because this safety mechanism is entirely a mechanical system and its effectiveness does not depend on whether or not there is electricity in the Elevator. So let's see, How the Mechanism of the Elevator works?


This automatic braking system works with the rails at the junction of the elevator and the walls of the building. If the mechanism is briefly explained, it can be easily compared with a car's seat belt. If you have ever used a seat belt, you will see that the seatbelt moves effortlessly when you pull it gently, but when you try to pull it a little faster, it locks automatically. 

This is because it has a kind of mechanical system attached to a mechanical disk with a latch that can move through the centrifugal force. 

According to Physics, the Centrifugal Force depends directly on the angular motion of the rotating object. When the angular velocity increases, this centrifugal force pushes the latch away from the center when the angular velocity increases. As a result, it slips into another notch and gets locked.


This simple but highly effective mechanical system can protect you from accidents in both cars or elevators.


There are also adequate shock absorbers under modern elevators. So that even if the system fails for any reason, the impact caused by the speed of the falling elevator can be reduced.

Elevators are a lot safer than people imagine. As long as you don’t try to open the doors and simply wait for help, you’ll be okay. Having all of these safety mechanisms make it possible to prevent tragedies.

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