Bali Hotel: 5 Employees Died in an Inclinator Accident

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The Bali hotel accident- Five workers at a hotel in Bali, Indonesia, died in an inclinator malfunction on Friday, September 1, 2023.

The victims were housekeepers at the hotel. They were ascending the inclinator lift when the steel cable suddenly snapped. The lift compartment fell without restraint to the bottom of the ravine, killing all five passengers on board. 

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Two of the victims died at the scene of the accident, while the other three were rushed to the Payangan Hospital in Bali where they succumbed to their injuries shortly after arrival. The victims have been identified as Sang Putu Bayu Adi Krisna (19), Ni Luh Supernigsih (20), I Wayan Aries Setiawan (23), Kadek Hardiyani (24), and Kadek Yanti Pradewi (19).

Police Investigation

Bali Hotel

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The police have launched an investigation into the cause of the Bali hotel accident and are examining the condition of the lift inclinator.

The Chief of the Ubud Police Precinct, I Made Uder, noted, “The police are investigating the cause of the accident. We are working to determine the condition of the lift inclinator and the circumstances surrounding the incident.” 

He explained that the lift’s wire cable broke at 1:00 p.m., which led the lift compartment to fall without restraint to the bottom of the ravine, killing all five housekeepers.

In addition, witnesses told the police how the five hotel workers were ascending on the inclinator when the steel cable broke.

“I heard screams followed by the noise of the inclinator crashing to a halt,” said I Ketut Suwiarta, a cook who was working at the hotel at the time of the accident. “Other staff rushed to the location using an external stairway. Three of the workers were still breathing at the crash site.”

The Bali Hotel Issues Statement of Condolence

Bali Hotel

The hotel issued a statement of condolence, saying that they were “deeply saddened by the tragic loss of our colleagues.” The hotel also said that they were cooperating fully with the police investigation.

Bali Hotels Following Safety Standards 

Bali Hotel

The Bali hotel accident has raised concerns about the safety of inclinator lifts in Bali. The Indonesian government has ordered an inspection of all inclinator lifts in the country.

It has also left a community in mourning. The five victims were all young people with their lives ahead of them. Their families and friends are devastated by their loss.

This tragedy is a reminder of the importance of safety standards and regular machinery inspections. It is also a reminder of the fragility of life.


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