Mechanic Falls Down Elevator Shaft at Kips Bay Building

By Tom Liddy on May 18, 2011 1:20pm | Updated on May 18, 2011 2:37pm

This is the Kips Bay building, on E. 29th Street and First Avenue where a mechanic fell into an elevator shaft Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
This is the Kips Bay building, on E. 29th Street and First Avenue where a mechanic fell into an elevator shaft Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
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By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

KIPS BAY — An elevator mechanic is in serious condition after falling down a shaft at a Kips Bay building Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident unfolded at 12:40 p.m. at 331 E. 29 St., near First Avenue, according to the FDNY.

Preliminary indications were that the mechanic fell from the first floor to the basement of the state-administered Mitchell-Lama building, which provides housing for middle-income residents, the officials said.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and listed in serious condition.

The building was cited in 2009 after an elevator fell several stories, according to Department of Buildngs records.

A $1,000 fine was levied against the building and paid, but the violation remains open, the records show.

There were two prior complaints about the elevators not working, but violations were not issued, according to the records.

The building also has an open violation for facade defects from June 2010, DOB records say.

A message left with the building's owner was not immediately returned.

Cordoned-off elevator at 331 E. 29th St.
Cordoned-off elevator at 331 E. 29th St.
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