Updating a blog post we brought you last year, an elevator company has been fined $28,000 following a fatal accident at an Atlantic City apartment complex.
According to the Press of Atlantic City, a 25-year-old man was crushed to death in 2014 while doing maintenance work at the New York Avenue apartments on August 15. The building houses elderly and disabled residents.
The elevator company doing repairs, United States Elevator Inc., based out of Essex County, allegedly did not properly evacuate the worksite when the event took place and did not have safety procedures in place.
An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the accident revealed four serious safety violations by the company, resulting in a $7,000 fine for each issue.
Do I Need an Attorney for an Elevator Accident?
As we have reported previously, if you are ever injured in an elevator accident or your loved one is killed, it may be wise to contact an attorney. Sadly, defective elevators can improperly stop or close on an individual, causing entrapment or terrible falls. These incidents often injure employees tasked with servicing them.
The Center for Construction Research and Training has estimated that about 49 percent of the deaths in elevator accidents involving workers result from a lack of safety protections. In these cases, if a family can prove negligence, it may be able to file a lawsuit seeking damages.
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