An elevator worker was killed after an electrocution accident at a public housing building in Brooklyn. The 54-year-old man was an elevator mechanic helper and he was performing maintenance in the machine room of an elevator at Coney Island Houses on a Friday morning in the middle of May. His colleague later found him unconscious in the machine room.

Unfortunately, EMS personnel were not able to revive him. The man was pronounced dead after emergency workers arrived on scene to help. The local medical examiner is currently trying to determine the exact cause of death.

The accident happened on the same day the New York City Housing Authority revealed plans for large-scale improvements to elevator safety. In addition, the director of elevators was also reassigned. The announcement was made after a report by the Department of Investigations triggered by the death of an elderly woman in an elevator accident last Christmas Eve.

Elevators are dangerous when they are not appropriately maintained. Those dangers can translate into workplace safety issues and problems for people who have elevators in their apartment complexes. In the event of a work-related elevator accident, the injured worker — or his or her family members in the case of a fatal accident — may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits. Those benefits might include money to pay for medical care, money to compensate for lost wages and more. Although injured workers and their families may be able to navigate the workers’ compensation claims filing process on their own, the assistance of an experienced lawyer may be very helpful in the pursuit of such claims.

Source: New York Post, “Elevator worker dies after being electrocuted in public housing building,” Sarah Trefethen, April 15, 2016