A grand jury indicted Jason Jordan, an elevator repairman, on criminal charges for a Brooklyn hospital elevator accident that crushed a woman’s leg and arm, according to The New York Times (12/15/2011. Looking for a “shortcut,” Jordan had disabled a safety switch that would have prevented the elevator from moving with its doors open, said Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.
“Elevator accidents are known to cause serious personal injuries or deaths as a result of defects or malfunction, said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman, a New York personal injury lawyer for over 30 years. “Elevator workers must use the highest care in servicing, inspecting and maintaining equipment and do all that can be done to avoid harm to passengers.”
As a result of the New York elevator accident at the Brooklyn hospital, a 47-year-old woman was dragged up seven floors. According to the New York Post (12/15/2011), the woman had just gotten onto the elevator at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn when it began moving quickly upward before the doors had closed.
The elevator ascended seven flights with the woman’s arm and leg trapped in the space between the elevator car and the elevator shaft in the New York elevator accident. The indictment says that Jordan compounded the error by not posting any signs warning that the elevator was out of service, and not having someone standing by to make sure no one got on, according to CBS New York (12/15/2011).
Jordan is charged with assault and reckless endangerment, reported CBS. The Department of Buildings said last year there were 53 elevator accidents reported out of more than 60,000 working elevators throughout the city, said the WSJ. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York elevator accident or personal injury accident in the workplace, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm.