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Elevator Accidents: An Unexpected Danger?

Most of us don’t give elevators much thought – after all, an elevator ride is typically a mundane part of a person’s day. A series of recent accidents, however, has reminded us of how dangerous these machines can be if they are improperly maintained or designed.

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The Latest Tragedy

On New Year’s Eve, 25-year-old Stephen Hewett-Brown was killed in Manhattan while riding an elevator. Another elevator located higher in the elevator shaft malfunctioned and fell, crushing the elevator he was riding in. Although Hewett-Brown died a hero, shoving another passenger out of the way, the history of violations accrued by the building suggest that he shouldn’t have died at all.

The building underwent a $96 million renovation in 2012, but the elevators were not touched. The elevator had accrued 10 Department of Building violations in the last two years alone. The events on New Year’s Eve haunt the building’s tenants who are now afraid to use the elevator in their own homes.

A Rash of Recent Accidents

This case is the most recent in an alarming rash of recent elevator-related accidents. Another man was crushed by an elevator in Williamsburg in October of 2015, and an electrician was brutally killed on a Carnival cruise ship just a few days before the incident in Manhattan.

Call (607) 228-8404 To Pursue Justice

These events are harrowing, but elevators are, overwhelmingly, a safe alternative to the stairs. However, these incidents point to the incredible importance of regular maintenance and monitoring of these machines. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an elevator accident, contact our Oneonta personal injury attorneys today to pursue justice. Our award-winning team stands ready to fight on behalf of you and your family.

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