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Kips Bay Falling Elevator Death Ruled An Accident

According to FiveThirtyEight, there are 76,000 elevators in the city. They tend to blend into the background and be taken for granted. Unfortunately, a malfunctioning elevator can cause serious injuries. Every year, more than 30 victims are killed, and 17,000 injuries are caused by and an elevator that is not functioning correctly. Excessive speed and misleveling are some of the most common types of elevator malfunctions. Misleveling occurs when an elevator fails to stop at the floor level, leaving a gap between the elevator and the floor.

The New York Daily News reports that a man was crushed by an elevator in an incident that authorities are ruling as an accident.

Last Thursday, 30-year-old Samuel Waisbren was crushed to death by a falling elevator in the luxury Kips Bay apartment building where he lived.

At about 8:30 a.m. on, Waisbren was riding the elevator down to the lobby with about six other residents of the apartment building. Waisbren was following another passenger out of the elevator when the car suddenly dropped. This caused Waisbren to be crushed according to another witness who observed the mishap.

Waisbren moved to New York City about six years ago. He died at the scene. Both the Department of Buildings and the Department of Investigation are looking into the incident to determine if the elevator was defective.

The elevator was last inspected by the DOB in March. The DOI is investigating any possible criminal element that may have been involved.

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