Ju Wu Died In Fatal Elevator Accident After Falling 9 Floors Down Elevator Shaft At Gramercy Park Site
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (January 24, 2018) – A 33-year-old construction worker was tragically killed in an elevator accident after he fell 9 stories down an elevator shaft near Park Avenue in Gramercy Park.
Manhattan authorities have been able to identify the construction worker from Brooklyn that died in the elevator accident as Ju Cong Wu.
Ju Wu was an employee for U-Tek Elevator at the time of the accident and was installing the elevator. Firefighters and paramedics rushed to the site of the construction accident in order to treat Ju Wu for his injuries.
Tragically, he was later pronounced dead after falling down the elevator shaft. The building where the fatal elevator accident took place has been hit with 20 complaints for allowing construction workers to operate in “unsafe conditions”.
WORKERS COMPENSATION AND THIRD PARTY LIABILITY IN ELEVATOR ACCIDENTS
Generally speaking, when a worker is injured or killed in New York, they or their family will be able to file a workers compensation claim for damages. In addition to workers compensation, the family of a worker that died in an elevator accident may be able to file a third party liability claim for any other entities that may be responsible for the accident. With respect to elevator accidents, there a number of safety violations which could give rise to third party liability. For example, a number of elevator repair workers have died when an employee of another company moves the elevator that they’re working on. This could cause the worker to fall down the elevator shaft.
There may also be a product liability claim if an elevator malfunctions. A number of elevators are designed to prevent the door from opening unless the elevator car is present. When elevator technicians go to work, employees occasionally “bug” elevators by placing a piece of cardboard in them to keep them open even when the elevator car is gone. For safety reasons, a number of company’s have banned this practice. A company that renovates elevators may be liable for failing to install a mechanical device in order to prevent “bugging” on elevator interlocks.
Our staff at Lipsig Lawyers were deeply saddened to learn about the fatal elevator accident that killed Ju Cong Wu. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim’s family as they are going through such an incredibly difficult time. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all those that have been affected. Anyone that may have information about what happened should contact the Department of Buildings inspectors at (212) 566-5000.
If you or someone that you love has been injured or killed in an elevator accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of highly experienced elevator accident attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. Whether you just have questions about your rights or are looking to hire an attorney, you’re always welcome to reach out to us if you need help (646) 846-4496.