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Man Killed in Horrific Elevator Accident in New York City

A tragic elevator accident in New York City has claimed the life of a 30-year old man. The tragedy occurred on August 22nd at a high-rise building in Manhattan when the man somehow became pinned between the car and the shaft. Details are still being uncovered by investigators but a NYPD spokesperson told media outlets that it appeared as if the man was stepping out of the elevator car on the first floor of the building when the lift suddenly plunged to the bottom of the shaft in the building's basement.

Teenager Escapes with Minor Injuries After Terrifying Escalator Accident

A young girl faced amputation after stepping onto an escalator with a few of her friends earlier this month. The terrifying escalator accident happened during a cheerleading competition when a group of girls (all teammates) stepped onto the escalator to travel to the lower level of a Rhode Island convention center. The twelve-year-old girl's sneaker immediately got caught between the side railing of the escalator and the moving step and was pulled into the gap between two steps.

Elevator Accident in Manhattan Left Woman Trapped for Days

A woman was rescued from a terrifying nightmare after an elevator accident in Manhattan left her trapped in the closet-sized car for three days. The woman, a cleaner employed in a Manhattan town house, became trapped on February 1st when the motor on the elevator she was riding in failed. She attempted to use the emergency phone inside the elevator to call for help but it too was malfunctioning.

Landlord's Failure to Respond to Unsafe Elevator Conditions Results in Lawsuit

It's a landlord's responsibility to regularly inspect, maintain, and repair elevators in order to avoid potentially harmful elevator accidents in New York City. When landlords fail to do so, innocent tenants and guests are put at risk.

Staircase Accidents in New York City Still More Dangerous than Malfunctioning Elevators

Elevator accidents in New York City generate a lot of news because they're tragic and they tap into the innate fear that many of us have of being trapped and helpless in a little box. But that fear has actually magnified these types of accidents in our collective consciousness to unreasonable proportions. Indeed, when compared to the number of staircase accidents in New York City, the risk of being hurt or killed in an elevator is almost miniscule.

Escalator Accident in New York Leaves Worker Trapped

An MTA worker was injured in an escalator accident in Manhattan earlier this month. The man was working in the financial district when a malfunctioning escalator sent him to the hospital. An eyewitness to this terrible accident called 911 and rescue crews from multiple agencies arrived within minutes. One man was taken out via stretcher in what appeared to be serious condition. Another MTA employee was injured as well but was able to walk to the ambulance himself.

NYC Elevator Inspectors are Failing to Protect the Public

Turns out your risk for being in an elevator accident in New York City may be higher than you think. A new report issued by NYC's comptroller shows that city-paid elevator inspectors are failing to provide an adequate service-specifically, they're performing sub-par inspections and (in some cases) not inspecting lifts at all. This disturbing trend puts any one of us at risk of a serious-even potentially fatal-elevator accident in New York City.

Store Employee killed in Elevator Accident in Brooklyn

A tragic elevator accident in Brooklyn has claimed the life of an employee at a grocery store in Flatbush. The 62-year old man was operating a freight elevator while on the basement level when a malfunction occurred. The elevator plummeted down the shaft and crushed him. Rescue crews were able to extricate the victim and rushed him to a nearby hospital but he succumbed to his injuries.

Elevator Accidents in New York City Likely to Become More Common

In the wake of several elevator accidents in New York City, safety advocates are worried that these malfunctions could become more common across the city. Thousands upon thousands of elevators in New York City's office buildings, apartments, retail stores, and subways continue to age while maintenance personnel continue to struggle with necessary inspections and repairs.

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