A tragic elevator accident recently took the life of a New Jersey delivery worker. The man was making a restock delivery at a local bar and restaurant. He was in the middle of entering the elevator when the car suddenly lowered. Before he could move he was caught between the elevator and the outside room.
The man was rushed to the hospital, where the doctors declared him dead.
What could have been done to prevent this elevator accident?
Based on the police report for the accident, it appears the elevator had no safeties or sensors to prevent it from moving before all passengers were safely inside. Typically, elevators have parts that can detect when we are entering or exiting. This is intended to prevent accidents like this one from happening. It’s possible this part was either missing or malfunctioning, but the exact facts are not yet clear.
Only when the exact details of the case are revealed will we know for sure if this particular company is guilty of negligence. 17,000 people die in the United States from elevator accidents each year, and most of these are entirely preventable. Here’s a look at the most common causes of these injuries.
Common cause of elevator accidents:
- Improper installation of the elevator
- Important parts are missing from the elevator
- Design flaws from the manufacturer
- Bad maintenance by the building owner
Depending on the cause of the malfunction, the business owner or product manufacturer may be responsible for an elevator accident. If this is the case, the law entitles a victim or his/her family to seek funds to help cover medical bills and other expenses. Many of these tragedies are preventable. We need to continue to put pressure on companies and communities to take greater safety measures.
Donald G. Targan & Associates is a New Jersey personal injury law firm that fights to empower victims of elevator injury and other accidents.