Mariano Rodriguez | March 1, 2012 | Premises Liability
We have been following the developments in the tragic New York City elevator accident that claimed the life of a 41-year-old advertising executive. The woman was on her way to work on Dec. 14 when the elevator she stepped into shot upwards crushing her body between the elevator and the wall.
After investigating the tragic accident, it was determined that a safety mechanism was disabled after a mechanic for Transel Elevator Inc. repaired the elevator. Just recently, Transel Elevator Inc. announced that they fired five mechanics who were working the day the woman was killed.
One the co-owners of the elevator maintenance company had his license suspended by the Department of Buildings. In addition, the department had harsh words for the company saying they failed to follow basic safety precautions, such as putting caution tape across the elevator doors.
Although the mechanic who was working on the elevator the morning of Dec.14 maintains that he enabled the safety switch before leaving, clearly someone made a grave error.
No criminal charges have been filed at this time, but the family of the victim may wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. When someone is harmed by another person’s negligence, they should be held responsible.
The woman in this case went to work assuming it would be like every other day. She likely left her home expecting that she would make it back safely at the end of the day. Tragically, her life was cut short in what appears to have been a preventable accident.
Source: Huffington Post, “New York City Elevator Accident: 5 Transel Employees Fired After Suzanne Hart’s Death,” Jennifer Peltz, Mar. 1, 2012