New York Man Dies in Elevator Accident

From the Fire Department of New Yor's twitter:


From the Fire Department of New Yor's twitter: "#FDNY members are operating on scene at 3rd Avenue and East 25 Street in Manhattan for a confined space incident."

Stephanie West, Staff Writer

On August 22nd, a man died in a tragic elevator accident. He died after he became trapped when the elevator shifted while he tried to get off. Sam Waisbren was just 30 when he died, and he was described by others as an all around good guy, full of potential, with plenty of friends. Resident Dayna Sargen told reporters that,“There’s always been elevator issues in this building, including elevators getting stuck. The building had been cited for the elevator issues in May. If the problems had been addressed sooner, a life could have been saved.”

Officers were called immediately to the site, and when they got there to help rescue people from the elevator, Sam was pronounced dead by emergency medical professionals. Crews attempted to take apart pieces of the elevator, while the man was trapped against the wall of the elevator shaft between the first floor and the basement. However these actions were in vain, because he was already dead. Six other people were on the elevator with Sam, but they were reported to be unharmed. 

Right now, The New York City Department of Buildings is looking into the matter. The department has made a statement saying that, “We are investigating this incident aggressively and we will take all appropriate enforcement actions. There is no need to be concerned because elevators are the safest form of travel in New York, due to the city’s stringent inspection and safety requirements. We’re determined to find out what went wrong at this building and seek ways to prevent incidents like this.”