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Five years ago a woman suffered horrific injuries in an elevator accident  in Brooklyn, NYC, after a negligent repairman bypassed a safety mechanism while he was fixing the elevator.  The doors of the elevator caught the arm and the leg of 52 year old Debra Jordan and struck  floor after floor, after the elevator car suddenly shot up. She was almost killed and she is now confined to a wheelchair. The 30 year old repairman was convicted of reckless assault and was sentenced to 3 months in jail with 5 years probation. Read more in the NYDaily News 

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UWS%20construction%20site.jpgA construction accident 0n the Upper West Side led to the death of a 61 year old worker. The man was working on the renovation of a landmark townhouse on 70th street near Columbus Avenue when he fell down the shaft of the elevator from the second floor to the first one. He was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

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A man working in an elevator shaft was crushed to death by an empty elevator that moved down 3 floors at 75th West End Ave on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, NYC. A resident of the building complained that “elevators have been a mess in the building for years”. The building received 12 elevator violations since 2003 and 3 major violations for poor maintenance from last year are still open. The Brodsky Organization which owns and manages the building says it was in the process of modernizing the elevators.

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Two construction workers were injured in an elevator accident in Greenwich Village on Wednesday after the elevator counterweight snapped causing the elevator to drop half a floor. The two construction workers loaded the elevator with construction material. Some of the construction material which protruded through a hatch in the roof of the lift became entangled with the elevator’s cord and counterweight just before the elevator dropped. The two workers got trapped in the elevator for an hour and half during which they feared that the elevator was going to plummet to the ground. Luckily firefighters were able to shore up the elevator and rescue the two men.
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A man plunged to his death in the shaft of a broken elevator in an apartment building in Flushing Queens, NYC. The man was moving a small refrigerator and he had called the elevator to bring the refrigerator downstairs. When the doors opened the man didn’t realize that the car wasn’t there and he fell down the shaft with the refrigerator. An elevator repairman found him dead with the refrigerator lying on his chest.
Residents of the building say that the elevator was broken and that people would get stuck in it every two to three days. A resident also mentioned that 3 days before when he was in the elevator, the car started to move down while the doors stayed opened. Since 2005 seven complaints have been issued by inspectors for violations according to city records.

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A young man was found dead in an elevator shaft at a public housing building in the Bronx, NYC. 20 year old Tito Morales died after he got crushed between the wall and the elevator car. Morales was visiting his girlfriend last night at the Adams Houses in the Bronx. He went out to buy cigarettes at 3:00 am and was found unconscious crushed between the 18th and the 19th floor an hour later. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Residents of the building said that they were often getting stuck in the elevators and that they would sometimes wait for hours before being rescued. Another resident mentioned that the only way to get out was to try to get out through the top.
It is not clear yet what exactly happened to Tito Morales. The NYPD is invetigating the elevator accident.

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Chris%20Sallay%20and%20Tony%20Gair.pngOur Partners, Chris Sallay and Anthony Gair settled a New York County elevator accident case for $1,725,000 on behalf of a 64 year old woman. The plaintiff was a passenger in an elevator car traveling at 1000 feet per minute when it came to a sudden, abrupt stop causing her to sustain a severe fracture of her left ankle for which she has had multiple surgical procedures and which has left her with significant disability as a result.

Defendant Elevator Corporation was the sole entity responsible for the safe maintenance, service, operation and repair of the subject elevator. They had a resident elevator mechanic assigned to the subject building on a full–time basis whose duty it was to inspect service and maintain the elevators and their parts in a safe condition. Three days after the subject accident, the elevator was inspected by an elevator inspector with the local Building Department who concluded that the rope grip mechanism on the governor was defective and violations were issued. Defendant strongly maintained that they had no knowledge of the defective governor and that a problem with the power in the building caused the subject accident.

The plaintiff was extricated from the elevator by EMS and was taken via ambulance to a local emergency room. She was diagnosed with a trimalleolar fracture of the left ankle. Over the next year, she underwent 3 surgical procedures and months of physical therapy. Following extensive settlement negotiations with representatives of defendant elevator company, a settlement was reached in the amount of $1,725,000 on the eve of trial.

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A man died in an elevator accident last July at the 49ers stadium construction site but OSHA recently concluded that Schindler Elevator Corp., the elevator Construction Company and project’s general contractor, Turner/Devcon, a joint venture between Turner Construction Co. of New York and Devcon Construction Inc. of Milpitas didn’t merit sanctions.

The victim, Donald White, who was 63 year old, had worked all his life in the elevator construction trade. He was hit with an elevator counterweight while on a ladder at the bottom of the shaft at the 49ers stadium construction site in Santa Clara.

Just before the accident happened, White communicated with another co-worker who was operating the elevator and asked him to go up in the elevator to retrieve a tool. As the elevator started to move, for some unexplained reason, White stayed where he was, standing or or sitting on an A-frame ladder in the pit. Nobody witnessed the accident.

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Please note that for those of you handling New York City Elevator Accidents the old system of Local Law 10/81 inspections and two year tests ended on January 1, 2009. The new rule published on April 14, 2010 requires the following inspections and test cycle:

“(5) Inspection and test cycle.

(i) Category 1. Except as otherwise provided by the commissioner, January first through December thirty-first of each year.

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The following basic items should be included in plaintiff’s initial Notice For Discovery and Inspection in an Elevator Accident Case occurring in The City of New York and adapted in other areas of the State. See below.

1. A copy of the contract with (Defendant Elevator Co.) pursuant to which they provided maintenance for the elevators at (Defendant Building Owners).

2. All work records for the subject elevator for a period of five (5) years prior to the accident alleged in the complaint herein.