Picture a three-year-old boy balancing on a ledge just two-inches wide in an elevator shaft on the second floor of a residential building.
That’s the situation firefighters in Staten Island, NY, were faced with this past Wednesday evening. They had to carefully open an exterior door, using a hydraulic tool, hoping the child wouldn’t lose his balance and fall down the shaft. The incident was reported in this article, “3-year-old boy rescued from elevator shaft by firefighters on Staten Island.”
Fortunately, he was rescued and suffered only minor injuries.
It is not known how he got on that ledge. What we do know is that elevator was not safe and a child should never have had access to it.
We have dealt with so many cases of children suffering catastrophic injuries in elevators that we were glad to see this latest incident has a happy ending. Unfortunately, many do not.