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Elevator Inspections Rise in NYC

New York City inspectors have cited more property owners for elevator violations since a series of three devastating elevator accidents, according to nypost.com.

On Dec. 14, 2011, an advertising executive was killed in Midtown when an elevator lurched upward, trapping her between floors. On March 28, 2012, an elevator mechanic was electrocuted while conducting maintenance in a Manhattan building. The next day, a Bronx elevator plunged six stories when two ropes snapped, injuring a 17-year old passenger.

As a result of these accidents, the number of inspections has gone up, and inspectors have imposed almost 50 percent more fines for the most severe violations.

From January to October 2012, inspectors levied 753 Environmental Control Board Class 1 fines — the most serious in the system, which begin at $1,500, according to the report. During the same period in 2011, they levied 515 such fines.

Additionally eight inspectors have been added to the 22 inspectors who were already on the job.

“We have intensified our focus on elevator safety,” nypost.com quoted Buildings Department spokesman Tony Sclafani as saying.

With more than 60,000 elevators in NYC, it is a tall order to make sure that each one is operating. But there is movement toward strengthening New York’s elevator laws.

The Elevator Safety Bill, put before the 2013-14 New York Assembly, would “require the licensing of persons engaged in the design, construction, operation, inspection, maintenance, alteration and repair of elevators and other automatic people moving devices and creates the New York state elevator safety and standards board.”

Despite the increased safety measures, elevator accidents are still happening in New York. In December 2012, an 84-year-old man was critically hurt when he was trapped between floors in a Harlem apartment building, according to nbcnewyork.com.

If you are injured in an elevator accident, call the New York elevator accident law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C. If your injury was caused by someone’s negligence, our experienced personal injury attorneys may be able to help you get compensation.

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