In today’s world of adrenaline-pumping extreme sports and a culture that discourages boredom, some people are turning to new pastimes that dangerous enough to get them killed. Elevator surfing, where a passenger climbs on top of an elevator car and rides it up and down, is one such activity.
Why is it dangerous? Anyone on top of the car doesn’t know which floor called the car. If it just happened to be the top floor, it will be undoubtedly fatal. Also, many elevators save both money and wear and tear by using large counterweights that ride along tracks on the walls of the shaft. The counterweights move at least as fast as the elevator itself and will shear off body parts that get too close to them.