Man crushed to death after getting stuck between an elevator and a wall

A man died when an elevator suddenly dropped and crushed him in a Manhattan building which was fined just four months ago after inspectors discovered a safety feature had been disabled or tampered with.  

The victim, 30, was stepping off the lift when it fell from the first floor to the basement of the Third Avenue apartment building in Kips Bay just before 8.27 am as the elevator malfunctioned. 

The official cause of death has not been determined, but it is understood the elevator reportedly left the man trapped between the elevator car and a wall within the  shaft as it was going down from the first floor to the lobby. 

A man died when an elevator suddenly dropped and crushed him in a Manhattan building on Thursday morning. Firefighters are pictured looking down the elevator shaft following the incident at 344 Third Avenue

A man died when an elevator suddenly dropped and crushed him in a Manhattan building on Thursday morning. Firefighters are pictured looking down the elevator shaft following the incident at 344 Third Avenue

A man died when an elevator suddenly dropped and crushed him in a Manhattan building on Thursday morning. Firefighters are pictured looking down the elevator shaft following the incident at 344 Third Avenue 

An officer stands outside the Manhattan Promenade building which was sealed off following the incident

An officer stands outside the Manhattan Promenade building which was sealed off following the incident

An officer stands outside the Manhattan Promenade building which was sealed off following the incident 

The man died when he became trapped between the elevator car and a shaft wall and was crushed on the first floor of the building. The incident happened at 344 Third Avenue 

He was pronounced dead at the scene, an FDNY spokesman told DailyMail.com. He said other people were in the elevator at the time and were safety rescued and uninjured.  

It is not known for certain if the deceased man lived at the building, but it is understood he was getting out of the lift when the horrific incident happened. 

Worryingly it emerged that the Manhattan Promenade, the upmarket building where the incident happened in Gramercy, was fined nearly $1,300 in May after inspectors found that a ‘safety feature on one of the elevators was either tampered with or disabled’, according to the New York Times. 

The safety feature, known as a door zone restrictor, stops an elevator door from opening more ‘than a few inches when an elevator in between floors’. City records did not show that it had been fixed, the outlet reported.

The Manhattan Promenade is described as a '23-story luxury rental apartment building' in the Gramercy area. It was built in 1997 and contains 188 residential and commercial units

The Manhattan Promenade is described as a '23-story luxury rental apartment building' in the Gramercy area. It was built in 1997 and contains 188 residential and commercial units

The Manhattan Promenade is described as a ’23-story luxury rental apartment building’ in the Gramercy area. It was built in 1997 and contains 188 residential and commercial units

The official cause of death has not been revealed, but it is understood the elevator reportedly left the man trapped between the elevator car and a wall within the elevator shaft

The official cause of death has not been revealed, but it is understood the elevator reportedly left the man trapped between the elevator car and a wall within the elevator shaft

The official cause of death has not been revealed, but it is understood the elevator reportedly left the man trapped between the elevator car and a wall within the elevator shaft

The building has two elevators for tenants, and management had been ordered to stop using the elevator which had the defect until it was fixed, according to The New York Times.  

It’s not clear which elevator the man and other people were using. 

A medical examiner was seen arriving at the scene to conduct a preliminary investigation before a post-mortem takes a place.  

The spokesman claimed that the death will be investigated by police and the Department of Buildings which were at the scene to establish the cause. 

A Department of Buildings spokesman told DailyMail.com: ‘DOB is investigating this incident aggressively and will take all appropriate enforcement actions. 

‘Elevators are the safest form of travel in New York, due to the city’s stringent inspection and safety requirements. 

‘We’re determined to find out what went wrong at this building and seek ways to prevent incidents like this in the future.’

The person’s identity or age has not yet been released as the next of kin has to be informed. 

The incident happened at The Manhattan Promenade, a mixed-use commercial and residential building which was reportedly built in 1997. 

The person's identity or age has not yet been released as the next of kin has to be informed

The person's identity or age has not yet been released as the next of kin has to be informed

The person’s identity or age has not yet been released as the next of kin has to be informed

The incident was captured by the apartment building’s surveillance system, which police are reviewing.

Footage from the scene was also uploaded on the Citizen app, which shows firefighters and emergency responders at the scene. 

A number of fire trucks can be seen parked up on the street, as bystanders watch to see what is unfolding. 

It is also understood that the Department of Buildings was called to assist at the scene as an investigation will likely to establish what caused the incident.

In a tweet, the NYPD’s 13th Precinct warned members of the public to avoid the area due to a heavy presence of police and first responders.

Footage from Citizen shows several fire trucks at the scene on Thursday morning in response

Footage from Citizen shows several fire trucks at the scene on Thursday morning in response

Footage from Citizen shows several fire trucks at the scene on Thursday morning in response 

The incident was captured by the apartment building's surveillance system, which police are reviewing

The incident was captured by the apartment building's surveillance system, which police are reviewing

The incident was captured by the apartment building’s surveillance system, which police are reviewing

It said: ‘Due to an ongoing investigation on 3rd avenue in #Manhattan between east 25 street and east 26 street, we ask that you avoid the area so that #fdny and #nypd and can continue their investigation.’

The Manhattan Promenade is described as a ’23-story luxury rental apartment building’ in the Gramercy area. 

It was built in 1997 and contains 188 residential and commercial units, according to a description on StreetEasy.  

Many of the apartments have balconies or terraces.  It is understood that the building is managed by ATA Enterprises Management Inc., a real estate management company which offers no fee luxury NYC apartment rentals.

It claims to have properties including brownstones in Greenwich Village to a ‘high rise, full service’ flagship building in Gramercy Park.

A one bedroom, one bath apartment in the building can be rented for $3,395 per month, according to a current listing on StreetEasy. 

Meanwhile the same apartment which has two bedrooms and two bathrooms has a rental price of $5,095 per month. ATA Enterprises Management Inc., did not respond to queries by DailyMail.com on Thursday. 

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