Five elevator mechanics were fired in connection with a December 14 fatal elevator accident in New York that proved fatal for a woman. According to an Associated Press news report, five elevator mechanics have been fired by Transel Elevator Inc for that incident after an investigation by the city Department of Investigation and the Department of Buildings. Officials say a key safety system had been overridden before the victim’s death. More specifically, the safety mechanism that prevents elevators from moving with the doors open had been disabled earlier that day. The workers have been accused of failing to follow the most basic safety procedures that could have saved the woman’s life.
Officials have also stripped the company’s co-owner’s license for failing to get the agency’s approval before resuming service after the repairs on the elevator that day. The company responsible for this accident maintains more than 2,500 elevators throughout the New York City.
There are currently an estimated 60,000 working elevators in New York City. In the year 2011, there were 43 reported incidents and 53 reported in the year 2010. Building owners, property managers, and elevator maintenance companies can be held liable for the injuries suffered by victims of elevator accidents. The family of a deceased elevator accident victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the maintenance company seeking damages.