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Is This Luxury Parking Garage Responsible for Horrific Elevator Accident?

A 4-year-old boy lost his life in what the media is calling a “nightmarish” elevator accident. The boy fell 50 feet down the service elevator shaft in a notoriously expensive garage. Typically, drivers wait for a valet to bring the car down to the ground floor. However, an attendant took the boy and his parents up to the garage’s third floor, where he slipped through a 10-inch gap between the wall and the elevator. Despite being located near neighborhood hot spots and renting parking spots for nearly $300,000 these days, records show the garage actually has a long history of poor elevator maintenance. In 2012 and 2014, city inspectors found the garage owners were aware of elevator defects and failed to fix them. The garage owner paid only $1,000 for failing to comply with the city’s code on elevator safety. Elevators Must Be Properly Maintained to Reduce the Risk of…
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Who is Responsible for Repairing Faulty Elevators?

Have you ever entered an elevator and viewed the repair or inspection information posted inside? Have you ever wondered who is responsible for making sure that an elevator is functioning safely? Recently, a Brooklyn man was sentenced to three months in jail on assault charges after he botched work on an elevator repair. According to the New York Post, a jury convicted the technician of felony assault after his incompetence led to a woman being dragged seven floors in 2010, with the victim suffering broken bones and serious lacerations. The incident took place at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The technician allegedly used a “wire jumper” to bypass a safety mechanism that would have ensured that the elevator did not move when the doors were open as he was testing it. Prosecutors described this process as a “dirty little secret” that technicians sometimes use to save time. Keep in mind,…
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Elevator Company Fined Following Fatal Accident

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…
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