Safety is key in both maintenance and usage of an elevator. Billions of people travel in elevators every day. Aside from occasional mechanical problems, they are one of the safest, if not the safest, forms of mass transportation today. Although safety may not cross the average mind while traveling in an elevator, one must stay alert just as you would to drive a car. One simple slip in awareness of your surroundings or a simple act of carelessness can result in bodily injury or a tragic event in a matter of seconds. New York Post, Tina Moore, describes a recent hotel elevator incident.
A woman fell 6 feet down an elevator shaft at a four-star hotel in Midtown early Sunday, authorities said.
Emergency crews rushed to the Grand Hyatt hotel on East 42nd Street at around 4 a.m. after the unidentified woman’s accident, law-enforcement sources said.
It was unclear if the 50-year-old victim was a hotel guest, visitor or worker.
She was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.
Yellow caution tape blocked the open doors of an elevator at the hotel after the incident.
The hotel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Grand Hyatt made news in September, when retired tennis star James Blake was tackled outside by a plainclothes police officer who thought he was a cellphone thief.
Blake was headed to the US Open at the time.
The cop who tackled him, Officer James Frascatore, has since been stripped of his badge and gun while the NYPD investigates the incident.