A 49yr old man operating a freight elevator inside the historic Puck Building at 281 Mulberry Street in Manhattan is lucky to be alive after he stepped into the open elevator shaft on the first floor and fell to the basement.
The man, who could be heard groaning in pain as he was brought out of the building by firefighters and loaded into an ambulance, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time.
According to a spokesperson from the New York City Department of Buildings, the man used what is known as a ‘Drop Key’ to open the elevator hoistway doors before his fall.
The man was not authorized to use the ‘Drop Key’, says the Department of Buildings, which is only to be used by Elevator Technicians and Emergency Responders. The DOB has issued a Violation to the owner of the building for ‘Failure to Safeguard the Elevator’. The elevator itself was not found to be defective.
Police and Firefighters responding to a report of people with difficulty breathing inside of the Newport School, also known as Public School 184, at 273 Newport Street in Brooklyn, found a number of children suffering from the effects of pepper spray, with runny eyes and noses. There were reports of some children vomiting.
According to authorities, a total of twenty people were evaluated after an eight year old boy brought a can of pepper spray to school and discharged it inside of a classroom.
Eleven children and one adult female staffer were removed to Brookdale Hospital for further treatment and observation. An Investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The United States Army Corp of Engineers, working with the National Transportation Safety Board and NYPD divers, lifted the red Eurocopter Helicopter involved in the multi fatal crash from the East River at the docks at East 23rd Street in Manhattan on Monday March 12, 2018.