The New York City Department of Buildings has issued a preliminary report following an elevator incident in Midtown.
The incident was reported at a building at 139 West 35th Street around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mechanics were contracted to move a heavy safe from an upper floor through the elevator. When the safe was moved in to the elevator, the elevator car initially lowered to the bottom of the pit, the DOB said. After the initial drop, the elevator company brought the car back up to the first floor to remove the safe.
ALSO READ | Firefighter injured as blaze breaks out at Brooklyn day care
However, when the elevator was at the first floor, a mechanic attempted to push the safe out into the lobby when the elevator started to drop back into the basement, causing the safe to tip back onto the car and landing on the mechanic, officials said.
Firefighters were called to the scene to remove the worker who was then rushed to the hospital.
A cease and desist order on the elevator was issued as the investigation continues.
RELATED | Boston elevator crashes to the ground, kills university lecturer
* Get Eyewitness News Delivered
* More Manhattan news
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
* Follow us on YouTube
Submit a News Tip