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.
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.
Several individuals were injured in elevator accidents in New York City over the past several weeks. The two separate incidents occurred in the Bronx and Manhattan, resulting in a total of five injuries between them.
Last month an elevator accident in Brooklyn claimed the life of an infant and seriously injured the child's mother. This month another victim has been critically injured after falling at least seven stories down an elevator shaft. This most recent elevator accident in New York happened at a job site in Williamsburg where the man, a 42-year old employee of the Economy Elevator Company, was working at the time.
An infant was killed and her mother seriously injured in an elevator accident in Brooklyn earlier this month. The six-week-old little girl-Areej Ali-was in a stroller that plunged down an elevator shaft at a Brooklyn apartment building on Thursday, October 14th. The elevator was under repair at the time of the accident but there were no signs posted and the doors were not locked in the closed position.
A horrific elevator accident in New York cost a lift technician his arm late last month. The unnamed individual was working on the elevator at an office building located in The Financial District on May 26th when people in the building heard a crash then "bloodcurdling" screams. Minutes later EMTs from the FDNY were seen rushing the man out of the building with bandages around the remainder of his arm and what appeared to be a large bucket of ice containing the severed limb.
Reports have surfaced that the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) knew of safety violations prior to a fatal elevator accident in New York that claimed the life of 84-year old Olegario Pabon last year. In fact, some are criticizing the agency for not shutting the elevators in that building down.
A construction accident in Manhattan sent one worker to the hospital with severe injuries on the morning of Wednesday Jan. 27. The unnamed individual was part of a crew working on the remodel of a building in Chelsea when, at around 8:30 in the morning, he fell four stories down an unguarded elevator shaft at the jobsite.
A Brooklyn man was seriously injured in an elevator accident in New York Monday. Paul Masdeau was travelling down in an elevator at 1 St. Paul's Ct. in Prospect Park South when the elevator car stalled inside the shaft. Stuck between the second and third floors, Masdeau called for help from inside the car before attempting to escape. Fearing for his life he tried to pry open the exterior elevator doors and ended up falling.
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.