Elderly Bronx Man Suffers Fatal Head Injury After Fall in Public Housing Elevator

Just over a month ago a Bronx man died after a potentially preventable fall at his Bronx’s Apartment building. 

According to officials the 81-year-old man attempted to step onto a building elevator but the floor of the car was not properly aligned, a large gap caused the man to trip and fall. 

Days before the fall a repairman from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) serviced the elevator, unaware that a gap between the floor and the elevator would soon cause a fatal fall.

An investigation conducted by NYCHA and the Department of Buildings found equipment installed days prior during the service visit was faulty.  Investigators also stated that had a safety device been installed (a “rope grip”) the elevator car wouldn’t have slipped and there wouldn’t have been a dangerous gap between the car and the floor.

NYCHA is now investigating the safety of other city elevators to determine if safety devices (like rope grips) should be installed to prevent future injuries and deaths. 

A statement for NYCHA: 

“We extend our deepest condolences to those affected by this tragedy, and will ensure necessary repairs are made to help prevent malfunctions in the future…”

Just a day after the fall the victim died at Saint Barnabas Hospital, cause of death ruled bleeding in the brain due to blunt impact to the head (severe head trauma).

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