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Construction Worker Injured in Freak Elevator Accident

Even when all proper safety measures are taken, unforeseeable accidents can still occur. 


A worker was seriously injured when he became trapped between a building and a construction elevator, police said.

The man was working inside the elevator around 9:20 Tuesday night at a building at West 15th St. and 11th Ave. when a counterweight holding it up came loose, cops said.

The 27-year-old slipped and became trapped between the external elevator cab and the building, police said.

A police source added that the elevator shot up some 20 to 30 feet in the air.

FDNY rushed the man to Bellevue Hospital, where he remained in serious condition early Wednesday, police said.

You might be thinking, well, the employer did everything possible to ensure the measures were properly can the injured worker still submit a workers' compensation claim?


Even if it's a complete "freak" accident, it is covered under the guidelines of workers' compensation. The employer will argue that he did everything possible to prevent injury, but that doesn't mean the employer isn't still responsible for his workers' safety. The employer will still be held liable.

If you've been injured at work, call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485 or visit us at We fight for you...and won't stop until you receive your rightful compensation.

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