Given that America has more than half a million elevators, passenger safety must be a concern for manufacturers and building owners. Elevator safety should be a critical concern for buildings and establishments that host many people, such as shopping malls, amusement parks and sports stadiums. Unfortunately, building owners of Fenway Park have learned this lesson the hard way after a recent elevator accident.

Reportedly, a woman from New Jersey suffered injuries after an elevator accident in one of the baseball stadium’s elevator. The incident occurred when the 22-year-old woman fell from the fourth floor inside of the elevator shaft and landed on top of another elevator on the second floor. She was transported to the hospital.

City and state authorities are investigating the accident. Safety inspectors stated that the elevator was in proper condition prior to the incident. They stated that the elevator doors were somehow damaged by a forceful blow because slides that hold the elevator in place were bent backward and broken.

Additionally, an elevator inspection report dated in February showed a citation for non-compliance but inspectors deemed that the citation was not a safety hazard. Also, the inspectors discovered that the elevator’s emergency equipment including a bell, light and phone were all out of order.

Building owners are legally obligated to properly inspect and maintain elevators. Otherwise, the potential consequences of a faulty elevator can be disastrous to passengers, such as the New Jersey woman in this case. Injuries caused by elevator accidents are no different from any other accident that can change the victim’s life forever.

In the event of an elevator accident, a dangerous property condition such as a faulty elevator door could be an important element in a premises liability case. If negligence is proven, the property owner could be held liable for the damages and injuries caused by the incident.

Source: CBS Boston, “I-Team: Fenway Elevator Doors Forced Off Their Hinges Before Fall,” Joe Shortsleeve, May 19, 2014