Construction worker crushed to death in Manhattan elevator accident

Billie Rama
October 24, 2019 - 7:58 pm
Virgin hotel site where worker was killed in elevator accident

Al Jones

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A construction worker was killed while riding an elevator on the job in Manhattan.

The incident happened just after 3 p.m. Thursday at the Virgin Hotel at 1227 Broadway. The 24-year-old man was riding the elevator on the 33rd floor of the building when his head somehow got crushed between the elevator and steel girder, 1010 WINS' Al Jones reported.

He was killed instantly.

The building is currently under construction.

Officials are calling this a tragic accident.

"How many more preventable tragedies have to occur before New York finally enacts strong elevator safety laws?," Lenny Legotte, Business Manager from the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 1 said in a statement. "Our hearts and prayers are with the victim’s family, and we pledge to keep fighting to make this the last tragic accident resulting from improper training.”

Two other workers were hurt but their injuries are considered minor.

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