Man crushed to death by elevator in New York City building

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A man was crushed to death in an elevator Thursday morning at a Manhattan apartment building that had been recently fined for unsafe elevator conditions, authorities said. Add New York as an interest to stay up to date on the latest New York news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

The man was pinned by the elevator between the basement and first floor of the building on Third Avenue on the East Side of Manhattan, according to Det.

A freak incident in a NY apartment block has left a man dead when he was crushed by a malfunctioning lift.

When the doors began to close, the elevator unexpectedly malfunctioned and dropped to the basement.

Sam Waisbren, 30, clawed desperately to escape the packed lift as it plunged from the lobby into the darkness of the shaft below, but he was crushed between the elevator vehicle and the shaft wall, according to officials.

Firefighters had to rescue three other people who were trapped inside the elevator and witnessed the horror.

The Manhattan Promenade, a 23-story tower, has two elevators for tenants, and the city's Department of Buildings fined the building almost $1,300 in May after inspectors found that a safety feature on one of the elevators had been disabled or tampered with. The ID of the deceased will be released pending family notification.

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One resident of the building, which is called Manhattan Promenade, told WABC-TV on Thursday that riding the elevator was scary and that it reminded her of a Halloween ride.

A building inspector told the New York Times that Waisbren was not on the elevator that had been the subject of the fine, but on a second elevator.

The New York Times reports the building was fined $1,300 in May after inspectors found a safety feature on one of its two elevators had been disabled or tampered with. One of the building's elevators was not operating Thursday before the accident, he said.

Samuel Waisbren was crushed to death by a malfunctioning elevator in NY. In July, a work permit had been issued to fix the wiring in both elevators.

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. "Elevators are the safest form of travel in NY, due to the city's stringent inspection and safety requirements", DOB deputy press secretary Abigail G. Kunitz said in a statement.

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

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