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Hydraulic elevators are more likely than cable elevators to fall. These elevators are pushed from the bottom by a giant piston, similar to those you see on service station car jacks. Because the piston is subject to ground corrosion, it can rot, which could cause the elevator car to fall. The height of hydraulic elevators is limited to about 70 ft., so a free fall probably would result in injury--but not death.
Elevators have numerous safety features, and there have been few recorded incidents involving death from plummeting cars