The Transel Elevator company has fired five of the mechanics who were on duty during the tragic elevator accident that killed advertising executive Suzanne Hart, according to NY1. The dismissals are in response to a city report that cited the mechanics for failing to follow several safety protocols while maintaining the elevator.
Suzanne Hart was stepping into the elevator on the first floor of a 26-story office building late last year, when the elevator doors suddenly closed on her leg and pulled her body into the shaft, killing her instantly.
Investigators with the city Department of Investigation and Department of Buildings discovered that a vital elevator safety mechanism was turned off just before the malfunction. The report further reveals that on the morning of the accident, the mechanic in charge had temporarily turned off the system, which would have otherwise prevented the elevator from moving with its doors open.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is still considering potential criminal charges.