The City Council is holding an oversight hearing Monday afternoon to examine elevator safety and hear testimony from Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri.
The company dismissed five mechanics and apprentices after a report released Monday found that human error caused the deadly accident that killed advertising executive Suzanne Hart.
According to a report released Monday, an important elevator safety mechanism was apparently turned off when Suzanne Hart was crushed to death trying to take the lift to her office.
It happened at a building on 83rd Avenue near Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens. Residents say the outside housing collapsed in the elevator shaft and slammed into the top of one of the cars.
Advertising executive Suzanne Hart, 41, was killed last month when an elevator in the Young & Rubicam building at 285 Madison Avenue malfunctioned.
An investigation by the Buildings Department has turned up at least eight active cases against the company that serviced the lifts in the midtown building where a woman was killed two weeks ago.
Y&R, the advertising agency formerly known as Young & Rubicam, says many of its companies at the 26-story office tower near Grand Central Terminal will return to the building Jan. 3.
As investigators look into the company that worked on the elevator that killed Suzanne Hart last week in Midtown, it’s now known there is a lawsuit against the same firm over an incident in which another woman says she was seriously hurt.
Authorities said Suzanne Hart, 41, was stepping inside the elevator when it suddenly shot upward with its doors still open.
The Department of Buildings said technicians from the company were doing electrical maintenance on the elevator hours before 41-year-old Suzanne Hart was crushed and killed.
Officials said a 41-year-old woman, identified by police as Suzanne Hart, was trying to get on the elevator on the first floor when it suddenly jerked upward. She was crushed between the elevator and the shaft.