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An elevator is something that the public uses on a day-to-day basis and with the expectation that it will be in proper working order. But what happens when the elevator is not operating safely? An elevator that is not operating properly can lead to serious injury and death of the person(s) in the elevator or the construction worker who may be servicing it. An elevator that drops or stops at the wrong location, or is poorly maintained most often causes serious personal injuries or deaths in an elevator accident. The elevator doors may also be defective in that they open and close at the wrong time or fail to sense a person in the area of the door resulting in injury or death.
In Massachusetts, there is the Board of Elevator Regulations, which regulates the construction, installation, alteration and operation of all elevators in the Commonwealth. The Board is composed of eight members who are appointed to serve by the Governor, and states that an elevator includes “moving stairways, dumbwaiters, moving walks, material lifts, vertical reciprocating conveyors, and dumbwaiters with automatic transfer devices, wheelchair lifts, automatic people movers and other associated devices that are commonly included in the elevator industry. In addition, the Board requires that all elevator constructors, maintenance men, repairmen, and operators must be licensed. The regulations governing elevators can be found in Title 524 in the Code of Massachusetts Regulations. Elevators in any building other than a single-family home must be inspected and undergo a practical test at least one time each year. Elevators in a single-family home must be inspected every five years.
If an elevator causes you or someone you know injury or death you may be left to wonder- who is responsible? You won’t know immediately, but the possibilities of person(s) or entities responsible for the injuries or death include the following: the building owner, the company or manufacturer that made the elevator, or the entity or person that repaired the elevator. It is so important to obtain as much information about the elevator accident as quickly as possible after the accident or death. In addition, you or your elevator accident attorney will need to hire several experts including one to inspect the elevator and determine the cause of the accident.
Injured in an Elevator Accident in Massachusetts? Speak with a Construction Site Accident Lawyer to find out if you have a case.
Whether you or someone you know has suffered a serious personal injury from an elevator accident on a construction site or was killed as a result of an elevator accident, the personal injury attorneys at Parker Scheer are here to provide you with experienced representation. Contact us for a free confidential case review and receive a response within hours, or call us toll free at . If you need a personal injury lawyer outside of Massachusetts, contact us for a referral.