Elevator Worker Dead in Accident at New Jersey High-Rise
A worker died last Tuesday in an accident at a New Jersey high-rise condo complex.
Details about the Elevator Accident in New Jersey
WABC News in New Jersey is reporting that the federal authorities have begun investigating the accidental death of an elevator repair worker who was killed on Tuesday morning in a New Jersey high-rise condo complex.
The accident happened at the Galaxy Towers – a building on JFK Boulevard East in Guttenberg. The Hudson County prosecutor’s Office is currently investigating the fatality.
The worker, who was 44-years-old, was performing monthly maintenance work on one of the elevators when he somehow became entangled between the elevator door and the top portion of the elevator car and was dragged upwards. The worker was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident shortly after 8 a.m.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has said that the worker was employed by Slade Elevator, which has offices in both Mountainside and New York City.
A representative with the elevator company released a statement that said that the exact cause of the accident is not yet known and that the company would cooperate with experts and local authorities to determine what happened.
The name of the worker has not yet been released.
How dangerous is it to Ride an Elevator?
According to an article in the Los Angeles Times:
- Consumerwatch.org reports that elevators makes some 18 billion passenger trips every year in the United States.
- There are about 27 deaths annually that are attributed to elevator accidents – with a miniscule fatality rate of 0.00000015 percent per elevator trip.
- Elevators have intricate safety systems, including: up to eight woven steel cables, automatic braking systems, and a heavy-duty shock absorber at the bottom of the elevator shaft.