Elevators are such an established part of modern urban life that we've come to take them for granted. But when they are not maintained properly, they can cause serious injury or even death in a New York escalator accident.
This, in turn, can give rise to a New York premises liability claim or a wrongful death lawsuit.
A terrible fatal accident of this type occurred today when a 41-year-old woman on her way to work tried to step into a New York City elevator. The elevator suddenly rose up as she was stepping in - pulling her upward into the shaft. She was crushed between the shaft wall and the elevator and died of her injuries.
When elevator maintenance is faulty, such an accident could easily happen in Queens, the Bronx, or any other borough. In this case, it occurred in Manhattan, on Madison Avenue, between 40th and 41st streets.
According to ABC news, inspection records from the Department of Buildings indicate numerous code violations on the building's elevator between 2001 and 2009. There were 56 violations in all during that period.
Though those violations were resolved, according to city records, this is the second elevator fatality that has occurred nationally within a week. In Long Beach, California, a woman was crushed last week when trying to escape a stuck elevator.
Overall, federal statistics show that about 27 people are killed every year in elevator accidents. Another 10,000 people are injured.
Such statistics suggest that building owners need to do a better job of making sure that elevators are safe.
Source: "Woman Crushed in New York Elevator Accident," ABC News, 12-14-11