A terrifying elevator accident in Brooklyn which killed an Israeli man earlier this month has resulted in the shutdown of elevators across New York City. On October 2, 37-year old Eran Modan was crushed to death in an elevator accident in Williamsburg while visiting friends in a swanky apartment building. Modan attempted to exit an elevator after it stalled between floors and was killed when the lift suddenly dropped, pinning him between the floor and the ceiling of the elevator.
While safety records show the elevator in question had been inspected and was allegedly in satisfactory condition, previous inspections had noted multiple deficiencies. One of the men responsible for that safety documentation told reporters that security cameras clearly show that the lift involved in this latest deadly elevator accident in New York was clearly overloaded. However, city inspectors were not swayed by the evidence.
Roughly 60 elevators across New York City were ordered offline as part of a Department of Buildings investigation into the safety of this specific type of lift.
DOB Inspectors say that they have identified at least one deficiency in the braking system of the elevators and are continuing to examine the lifts with a fine-toothed comb to prevent any similar elevator accidents in New York City.
The elevators under scrutiny were all built by Global Tardiff, a Quebec-based lift manufacturer. The company has installed elevators in many buildings throughout the city including the Sea, Air & Space Museum and the Superior Ink building in Greenwich Village.
For its part, the company released a statement saying that they were sadden by the deadly elevator accident in Brooklyn and were working with authorities to identify and rectify and existing issues.
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