Dept. of Buildings looking at illegal ‘drop key’ use as cause of SoHo elevator accident

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NEW YORK (PIX11) —A day after a 12-year-old girl was seriously injured when she fell about 35 feet down an elevator shaft at a Manhattan co-op, that elevator has been tagged unsafe and out of service.The girl, whose name was not released, was taken to Bellevue Hospital Center in serious condition.

PIX11 has learned several building elevators in NYC are failing inspection or have violations.
On the Department of Buildings website we found a “Top 10” List of the worst elevators in the city and the elevator where the 12-yea- old lives had violations back in December.
Recherche Realty Inc. was fined $250 for failing to keep an elevator up to code in the building, according to Buildings Department records.
The complaint was closed after the firm paid the fine and corrected the problem.Amy Barton, listed in state records as the firm’s chief executive, declined to comment on Friday evening.

A representative of the Buildings Department did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Normally, it’s up to building owners to run basic checks of their elevators and full inspections every five years.

In this case, someone used a “drop key” to open the elevator door and that is how the victim fell down the shaft.

The DOB is still investigating.

The 12-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

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