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Elevator Accident In Washington Heights Kills Worker

People often feel uneasy when riding in elevator and this tragic accident may explain why. A 43-year-old man was killed in a freight elevator over the weekend and the Elevator Accident Lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy

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A worker at a Washington Heights store was killed in a random elevator accident. The man, a 43-year-old, was loading merchandise onto a freight elevator at a store located at 552 W. 182nd St., in Manhattan. The elevator made a sudden and unexpected move, lurching upward. This caused the worker to be pinned to the ceiling. Locals who knew the victim were shocked, according to an article in the New York Post).

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim and his family. He went to work that morning and because of dangerous working conditions he never made it home to his loved ones. Tragic.

New Yorkers may take elevators for granted, blindly believing that they will function without failure. However, recent history tells us that elevator accidents, while uncommon, can happen and usually have severe consequences when they do.


There are a variety of causes of elevator accidents. The four most frequent causes of elevator accidents include the following:

  • Speed and Stopping Issues . . . Elevator cabs sometimes will accelerate at a more than acceptable speed and occasionally will abruptly and unexpectedly stop moving. A properly functioning elevator will have a control system in place to prevent this. Passengers to encounter speed and stopping issues can sustain “whiplash-like” injuries to their spine as well as other body parts.
  • Leveling Failures . . . A common cause of an elevator accident can occur when the elevator stops but is not level with the floor that the passenger will either step off of or onto. Older New York City apartment buildings are frequently subjected to leveling issues. Leveling problems can lead to a person injuring themselves because their expectations are violated.
  • Problems With Sliding Doors . . . Faulty elevator doors can be the source of serious elevator accidents. Elevators are required to be equipped with safety devices that will prevent a door from closing on a passenger. Occasionally these safety devices malfunction and the door will close at a greater speed than intended or close while a passenger is in the midst of entering or exiting the elevator. These accidents can lead to devastating consequences, including amputation, fractures, spine damage and crush injuries.
  • Falls . . . Elevator falls are infrequent but when they do happen they are usually associated with tragedy. They will often take place as a result of some mechanical failure. Safety devices are required to prevent an elevator door from opening when the cab is not level with a floor. Sometimes people unintentionally walk into an elevator shaft and the cab is not there. On other occasions people pry the doors open because the elevator is stuck and not moving. Everyone to allow you hear about an elevator maintenance worker falling while trying to make a repair to the elevator. Needless to say, people’s lives are forever changed when they are involved in an elevator shaft fall.

Elevator accidents can be the result of human error. More specifically, they can be caused by the failure of the elevator owner to safely maintain the elevator or to make a necessary repair. Elevator maintenance and repair companies can also be a culprit in causing elevator accidents. Sometimes these companies will take shortcuts or not advise the owner of a safety concern.

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If you or someone you know has been involved in a serious accident then you need to consult with a serious lawyer who can fight for your rights. Preferably, the lawyer should have a track record in handling serious elevator accidents.

Block O’Toole & Murphy has been the law firm of choice for injured workers for several decades. The firm is known as a team of fighters and has a vast amount of experience in taking on building owners and elevator maintenance and repair companies who have caused serious elevator accidents. They have nearly $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for their clients. You may contact them at any time for a free, no strings attached consultation by calling 212-736-5300.