Family of decedent brought suit against New York Elevator and Electrical when decedent “fell to his death in an empty freight elevator shaft” as reported by the New York Law Journal in a May 21, 2013 news article. The family claims that New York Elevator and Electric, who had examined, maintained and fixed the elevator failed to perform these duties. After the decedent died, the elevator was examined by the New York City Department of Buildings which found that there were three problems. However, the main problem is the interlock at one of the floors.  New York Elevator and Electrical claimed that the interlock issue was not present ,or evident when it checked the elevator in 2006 and 2007.

The court held that the elevator company was unable to prove that it did not “owe a duty” to the decedent when it came to the interlock at one of the floors, and it failed to show that the prior inspections  did not show the interlock problem which caused the decedent’s death.

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