Worker Dies In 10-Story Fall Down Elevator Shaft In Midtown Office Building

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A tragic accident at a Midtown office building took the life of an elevator worker on Friday.

An unidentified man in his 50s fell 10 stories down an elevator shaft just after 10 a.m., while he was apparently working inside an 18-story building located at 230 West 38th St., CBS 2’s Ann Mercogliano reports.

He was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

People who work inside the building told Mercogliano they heard a loud bang and then saw “lots of commotion.”

“To be honest with you, I heard a scream,” said Rohi Raffii. “After that they really did not give anymore information.”

Raffii told Mercogliano that she and others who work in the building saw the victim and others working on the elevators.

“There were some problems [with the elevators] for a few days,” Raffii said.

Johel Alvarado, an elevator worker in a nearby building, said although he didn’t know the victim, he can only imagine what he went through.

“As soon as you drop, that’s it … you don’t have any way that you can save yourself. If you go down you go down.”

“It’s very eerie because it could have been anybody,” he added.

The building’s manager, a company called ABS, released a statement saying “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

The Department of Buildings said the victim was working with a partner. The cause of the fall is still under investigation.

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  • Safety First

    My husband has been an elevator constructor for over 25 years and not a day goes by that I don’t worry for his safety and his colleagues. This is a very dangerous job that requires an extremely clear head at all times of the day. This is the second death of an Elevator Mechanic in America in less than a week! Unfortunately the big elevator companies are placing an extreme amount of pressure on these hard working men and women to do more work in less time. The stress of micro managing, gps hounding and ever increasing sizes has caused many stress related emergency trips to the hospital and rising blood pressure for several of my husbands colleagues.
    To the Office Management of the Elevator Companies that we entrust our loved ones safety with, please know that you too are responsible for bringing each and every Elevator Mechanic home safely each day. The next time you are in the office, watching the gps finder on the 72″ screen and creating highly thought out, incredibly educated field improvement ideas that increase stock prices try thinking, “Less stress = Safety First”, not cut jobs and double up routes.
    To the family of the deceased, god bless and know your loved one now rests in peace.

  • John

    Actually because of all the rotating sheaves, moving parts, and wire ropes it’s much more dangerous for an elevator mechanic to wear a safety line than to go without, because statistically he’s much more likely to get entangled and crushed or pulled off the car by a snagged line.

    But please, keep using your ignorance as an excuse to speak ill of the dead.

  • Tom

    Don’t judge what you don’t know anything about. It’s a dangerous business and some jobs don’t need a safety line.

  • bob

    I guess it would require too much intelligence to require wearing a safety line when working on an open shaft.

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