MANHATTAN, N.Y. — The New York Times says that the building where a man was crushed after stepping out of an elevator has a history of elevator problems. According to the New York Times, the building known as the Manhattan Promenade recently received a citation from the city because the elevators were not safe. Investigators are still examining evidence left behind by the gruesome accident that crushed a 30-year-old resident of the building.
The owners of the Manhattan Promenade received a $1,300.00 fine from city officials from the Department of Buildings after an inspection revealed the building allowed one of its two elevators to operate without a safety device. Authorities say that the device was either broken or someone had tampered with it. The city inspectors issue an order taking the elevator out of service until the appropriate repairs were made. An inspector certified that the repairs were successfully completed two days after the fines issued. However, the case is listed as open on the city dockets because the building owners have not paid the modest fine.
The residents of the Manhattan Promenade complained about how the elevators operated. Residents said that the elevators were unpredictable. Either or both of the elevators were frequently out of service. The building managers and owners did little to communicate with the condition of the elevators with the building’s tenants. The man who died in the elevator accident told his family about the problems with the lifts. The man’s father said the condition of the elevators was a point of constant “consternation” for the man.
Surveillance cameras from inside the building captured the man’s last moments. The car stopped on the first floor, and two people got out. The man stuck his hand out to prevent the doors from closing. However, they did not, and he tried to jump out as the elevator began moving downward without warning. Three other people aboard the elevator did not sustain any physical injuries, but they were obviously distraught.
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