How the new Elevator Law protects the public?
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It is without question that millions of people in the State of New York are required to ride elevators multiple times a day.  For those New Yorkers, elevators are an everyday part of the normal routine of their life.  While elevators are generally safe for everyone and will not raise any safety concerns, last year a tragic accident took place where a man was crushed to death by a malfunctioning elevator at a high-rise apartment building.  The man’s death occurred when the elevator abruptly dropped as he was exiting it.  Unfortunately, it was a tragedy such as this that made the public and the New York State Legislature aware that necessary changes in the law are required to prevent fatal accidents such as this one from occurring again.  

The bill which was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo on January 2, 2020, is known as the “Elevator Safety Act”.  As described by State Senator Diane Savino, the act “will transform elevator safety in New York State by setting minimum education and training standards for elevator mechanics.”  Assembly member Marcos Crespo said that “by creating a statewide license, a uniform standard, and increasing the accountability for the installation and repair of elevators across our state, we will not only improve the safety conditions for this workforce but also ensure a safer and more reliable service for all New Yorkers who rely daily on elevators to go about their lives and work.”

As enacted, the law requires all individuals who work with elevators to be licensed by the State of New York.  Previously, elevator contractors were not required to have such licenses which increased the risk of individuals working with elevators lacking the necessary skills to build, inspect, maintain or repair elevators.  This law will bring about necessary changes to the training that technicians and repairmen receive before they can build, maintain or repair elevators.

If you live in a building that has one of the tens of thousands of elevators within New York, we should not have to worry that an elevator is not being properly maintained because the person responsible for checking it lacks the proper training to know whether the elevator is working properly.  The Elevator Safety Act will go far in preventing those fears from becoming reality, since every person who works with elevators will have the training and skills to find dangerous conditions and make sure they are repaired before any tragedy occurs.     

If you are injured as the result of an elevator malfunction, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.  Before this law goes into effect, elevator contractors can continue to have employees who lack the necessary skills and experience to find the cause of the malfunction and make sure proper repairs take place before it is too late.  Contacting an attorney is essential as we will request any security videos of the elevator, request all inspection reports and any service or repair records.  We will also take statements from witnesses who are aware of the elevator malfunction and can show their awareness of the problem that should have been repaired.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of an accident, please reach out to us for a free legal consultation by calling us 24/7 at 212– 514–5100, emailing me at swp@plattalaw.com, or visiting our law firm in lower Manhattan (42 Broadway, Suite 1927). You can also ask us questions through the 24-hour chat box on our website (www.plattalaw.com). We offer free consultations for all potential personal injury cases.

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