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If you die in an elevator, be sure to push the up button

posted Jun 18, 2016, 8:33 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 8:33 AM ]
While not one of the most often repeated string of words in most of the world, the phrase "if you die in an elevator, be sure to push the up button" is remarkably common in Con County. Especially in Brickton, where one Samuel Foxworth coined this expression following an industrial accident.

In 1881, a worker suffered a heart attack at the Roarke Steel Mill in Brickton. At the time he was traveling in the cargo elevator, tasked with carrying lamp oil down to the lower levels in the facility. When he suffered a heart attack, he dropped the four barrels he was carrying in his arms, one of which cracked open. This of course was not a problem. The problem was that he was smoking a cigarette at the time, which of course fell out of his mouth when he dropped dead, and fell right into the spilled lamp oil.

The resulting explosion caused a fire that led to the deaths of fifty-six workers and the destruction of a quarter of the steel mill. Two weeks later, when the facility was reopened, Foreman Samuel Foxworth, who had been in the lower levels at the time of the accident and miraculously survived witnessing it, said the following words to the workers before starting the morning shift.

"As you all know, Mister Roarke spent millions of dollars renovating this fine facility. In order to ensure that such expenditure does not happen again I'd kindly remind you of paragraph six hundred and forty-eight in your newly revised work contracts, which reads: if you die in an elevator, be sure to push the up button. Especially if you are carrying lamp oil which is likely to do less damage to the facility in the upper levels. Failure to comply will result in your immediate termination."

While historians claim that banning smoking in the steel mill would have been more efficient, the fact remains that no accidents have happened in the Roarke Steel Mill ever since.