A 30-year-old man was killed when he tried to exit his apartment elevator, and it plummeted to the basement, crushing him.
The man has been identified as New York resident Samuel Charles Waisbren. He was a resident at 344 Third Avenue in the Kips Bay neighborhood of New York City.
The incident happened just before 8:30 a.m. Two other people on the elevator were able to exit the elevator before it dropped.
The doors began to close when the elevator malfunctioned. When the elevator dropped, Waisbren was trapped between the shaft wall and the elevator. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Firefighters rescued three people who were inside the elevator and witnessed the horror Waisbren experienced.
Waisbren’s father told WABC-TV that the elevators were always broken. “He is not going to be able to be a father, have a family and live the life we all hoped for him,” he said.
Another resident at the Manhattan Promenade told reporters that the elevators were like being on a Halloween ride – scary. The elevators often between floors.
In May 2019, the Department of Buildings fined Manhattan Promenade $1,280. It was discovered that the door-zone restrictor in one of the 22-story buildings’ elevators had been tampered with and rendered inoperable.
According to WABC-TV, the building had two elevators. The elevator that Waisbren was killed in was not the one that was fined by the Department of Buildings. In July, a work permit was issued to fix the wiring in the elevators.
“DOB is investigating this incident aggressively and will take all appropriate enforcement actions. Elevators are the safest form of travel in New York due to the city’s stringent inspection and safety requirements. We’re determined to find out what went wrong at this building and seek ways to prevent incidents like this in the future,” it said in a statement.
The elevator accident was captured on camera by the building’s surveillance system. Police are reviewing the footage.
By Jeanette Smith
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