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Six People Rescued After Chicago Elevator Malfunction

An elevator inside one of Chicago’s tallest buildings careened down 84 stories after one of its hoist ropes broke, leaving six people rattled but uninjured. The elevator malfunction occurred Fri., Nov. 16, at the 875 Michigan Avenue building – the fourth tallest skyscraper in the city, formerly called the Hancock Center – when guests leaving the Signature Room on the 95th floor hit the button to go down to the lobby. “At the beginning I believed we were going to die,” Jaime Montemayor, who was visiting from Mexico, told CBS Chicago. “We were going down and then I felt that ... Read More

Worker’s Accidental Death Blamed On Illegal Lift

New York City authorities are investigating a worker’s accidental death inside a Brooklyn food market April 2. The accident occurred at the KP Farm Market on Nostrand Ave. in East Flatbush and involved an illegal makeshift lift that was used to move deliveries between the upper and lower levels of the store. Authorities said that a delivery worker was killed when the makeshift lift collapsed on him. According to New York 1 News, preliminary reports from investigators indicate the rigged hoist used a system of chains and pulleys to move the lift between the basement level and the market floor. ... Read More

New Orleans Elevator Malfunction Injures Five Workers

An elevator malfunction at the scene of a luxury condo development in New Orleans injured five construction workers July 28 and triggered an investigation by federal safety officials. The elevator inside The Standard plummeted seven stories to the ground with 11 construction workers inside. Amazingly, only five of the workers were injured and the most serious injury was a fractured foot. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent inspectors to the construction site at South Rampart and Julia Streets to open an investigation. The investigation is still underway. It could take weeks for a preliminary report and months before ... Read More

NYCHA Worker Electrocuted To Death Hours After Agency Announces Safety Reforms

An elevator mechanic working in a Brooklyn public housing project was electrocuted to death hours after the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) announced it would take sweeping efforts to improve elevator safety after one resident was killed and another seriously injured in previous months. Igor Begun, 54, was found lying unconscious on the roof of the Coney Island Houses development Friday morning by another worker. Officials said Mr. Begun died at the scene of an apparent electrocution. Earlier Friday, the NYCHA announced it was relieving the head of the agency’s elevator division of his duties as part of a ... Read More

NYC Man Crushed To Death After Pushing Woman From Defective Elevator  

A 25-year-old Bronx, N.Y., man who was on his way to a New Year’s Eve party on the Lower East Side is being hailed as a hero after pushing a woman from a defective elevator that crushed him to death moments later in front of stunned onlookers. Stephen Hewett Brown, an aspiring musician, pushed Erude Sanchez, 43, from the elevator as it began to drop, saying “Happy New Year.” Ms. Sanchez was exiting the elevator onto the third floor of the 26-story apartment high-rise at 131Broome Street when Mr. Brown apparently noticed her predicament as the elevator started to fall and ... Read More

Child’s catastrophic brain injury prompts recall of residential elevators

Federal safety regulators announced the recall of about 240 residential hydraulic elevators Thursday after receiving three reports of safety-related incidents, including one that resulted in a “catastrophic brain injury” to a 10-year-old Baltimore, Md., boy. Coastal Carolina Elevators of South Carolina and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) urged owners of Elmira Hydraulic residential elevators to immediately stop using the lifts, warning that the elevator can move up or down while the gate door is open, posing a crushing hazard. “This recall involves Elmira Hydraulic residential hydraulic elevators,” the CPSC said. “The elevators were installed in homes with multiple ... Read More

NYC elevator death blamed on ignoring basic safety measures

An investigation into the brutal elevator death of a New York City advertising executive “starkly showed safety protocols were ignored,” according to the city’s Department of Investigation Commissioner. Suzanne Hart, 41, was killed December 14 after the office elevator she was stepping into suddenly shot upward, trapping her by the leg and crushing her between the car and shaft. The horrific incident occurred in the Madison Avenue office building of Young & Rubicam, where Ms. Hart was director of new business. Video surveillance recordings show two workers of Transel Elevator, an elevator maintenance and repair company, leaving the Young & Rubicam ... Read More

Manhattan elevator death spurs criminal investigation

NEW YORK CITY — A criminal investigation into the horrific elevator death of Suzanne Hart, a 41-year-old advertising executive with the Manhattan advertising firm Young and Rubicam, is underway. Ms. Hart was killed December 14 when she was stepping onto an elevator at her firm’s Madison Avenue office building. Responders and witnesses, including two other people who entered the elevator ahead of Ms. Hart, said that the elevator suddenly shot upward with the door open, catching Ms. Hart by the leg and crushing her between floors. A joint investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Buildings ... Read More

Horrific elevator malfunction kills NYC advertising executive

The long list of occupational hazards that threaten to injure or even kill employees on the job usually doesn’t include elevators, but that is what made Suzanne Hart’s death so unexpected and shocking. Ms. Hart, a 41-year-old ad executive at Young & Rubicam, one of New York City’s leading advertising agencies, was stepping into an elevator a week ago Wednesday morning as she had done for years in her home office. But without warning, the elevator jolted upward, catching Ms. Hart and dragging her until she was pinned in the elevator shaft between the first and second floors. Emergency responders ... Read More