Jenna Flanagan has been an Associate Producer and contributing reporter for WNYC's All Things Considered, local news since 2006. Prior to that, she worked for 3 years as a general assignment reporter for the WBGO news department and won a Garden State Association of Black Journalists award.
Improving the Doorway to Elevator Safety
Manhattan Borough President says a simple mechanical device could help save lives
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
New York, NY —
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer says the city Housing Authority could have prevented the death of a 5-year old boy last August, if only it had installed a device that prevents elevator doors from opening between floors.
STRINGER: This is a $400 part that would have prevented that young boy Jacob Neuman from falling out of the elevator before help arrived. I do not understand for the life of me why this door restrictor is not on every single elevator.
REPORTER: In a report obtained by the New York Times, inspectors for the city's Buildings Department suggest faulty maintenance led to the elevator's malfunction and the child's fall down the shaft in a public housing development in Williamsburg.
The Brooklyn district attorney is investigating. And the Housing Authority has declined comment.