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Update: Elevator that killed Manhattan grocery store worker was illegally installed

MANHATTAN, NY, NY – Authorities have determined that the freight elevator that caused the death of a supermarket employee in Hell’s Kitchen earlier this month had been installed illegally, PIX 11 reports.

This story is an update to our recent blog post.

The fatal accident occurred on December 15. A 39-year-old employee of the Food Emporium on West 43rd Street was injured when a small freight elevator she was loading began rising while she was still inside it. She suffered serious head trauma, and died later that day.

Department of Buildings inspectors have determined that the elevator had not been registered with the city. In addition to the previously reported cease-use order, they have also issued a violation to the owner of the building.

“This tragic incident shows just how dangerous unregistered illegally installed elevator devices can be for New Yorkers,” DOB spokesperson Andrew Rudansky said in a statement to the press.

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While Workers’ Compensation and insurance benefits may cover a portion of the expenses related to an elevator injury, they may not cover all of them. If you are a victim who has been injured in an elevator accident, you may be able to seek additional monetary damages.

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