There are nearly 70,000 elevators in New York City alone. The Department of Buildings is-ostensibly-in charge of overseeing the safety of all of those elevators. Unfortunately, as one spat of inspections recently discovered, many of those elevators aren't in proper working order. Many are still in operation even though their inspection logs aren't up to date, known issues haven't been repaired, and-in some cases-inspectors have been forging documents in order to maintain certification.
There are thousands of elevators and mechanical lifts in New York City-many of which were initially constructed decades ago. And while the vast majority of these are in decent working order, if even a fraction of them malfunction, the number of tragic elevator accidents in New York City could continue to rise. Indeed, it does seem that in recent years the number of elevator malfunctions and outright safety violations resulting in serious injury and death in NYC has increased. Thankfully, the City Council has taken notice.
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.
Emergency responders were called to the scene of a frightening elevator accident in Manhattan on January 2nd around 9:30 PM. When they arrived, they found a man at the bottom of an elevator shaft, bleeding from the head.
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.
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.
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.