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Girl Seriously Injured in Fall Down Elevator Shaft

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A 12-year-old girl was seriously injured on Friday after falling down an elevator shaft in a Manhattan building.

About the Fall

According to a New York Times report, a 12-year-old girl was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center on Friday after falling 35-feet down an elevator shaft in a Manhattan co-op. The girl had fallen from the first floor to the elevator pit in the building’s subbasement. It is not known what caused the victim to fall down the elevator shaft or if she was a resident in the building.

Twenty emergency workers responded to the accident and were forced to work in tight conditions to rescue the girl. A security manager, Ahmed Aly, for a nearby business noticed a woman by the entryway to the building, who told him a girl had fallen into the elevator shaft. Aly used the building’s intercom to warn residents not to use the elevator, fearing it would crush the girl.

Building Fined for Past Elevator Problems

Building Department records show that Recherche Realty Inc. was fined $250 in December for failing to keep the elevator up to code. The firm corrected the issue, paid the fine and the complaint was closed.

Elevator Accident Statistics

According to Consumer Watch:

  • There are approximately 27 deaths each year caused by elevator accidents.
  • There are approximately 10,200 elevator-related injuries each year; the majority of elevator accidents are caused by elevator door malfunction, carriage misalignment with floors and passenger safety vulnerabilities.
  • Almost half of all passenger deaths are due to falls down elevator shafts. 


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