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Agency Really Wants
You to Hold It In
on the Elevator
Jun 13, 2022 11:14 AM CDT
Boston Transit Agency Really Wants You to Hold It In on the Elevator
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority pilot program will use urine sensors
- Urine trouble no more, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority hopes, with a new program to tackle public urination in system elevators with technology. The MBTA, which services Boston and the surrounding area, is launching a pilot program this summer in which urine detection sensors will be placed in four downtown...
Elevator Outages Bring Misery
to a NYC High-Rise
Apr 3, 2022 9:20 AM CDT
Elevator Outages Bring Misery to a NYC High-Rise
The dangerous and extremely inconvenient situation has dragged on for months
- Walk-up apartments and broken elevators are relatively common inconveniences in New York City, but residents of Twenty Exchange —an historic, 59-story luxury building in the Financial District—have certainly earned the right to gripe, which they exercised in a Monday news conference. Local officials were also there, per CBS...
Governor Gets Trapped in
Oct 8, 2021 3:59 AM CDT
Governor Gets Trapped in Malfunctioning Elevator
West Virginia's Jim Justice was stuck for around 30 minutes
- A malfunction caused West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to become trapped in the elevator at the governor's residence Thursday, his office said. The Republican governor was stuck for about 30 minutes after the malfunction as mansion staff, state police, and other state government personnel worked to open the elevator,...
Atlanta Student Killed in
Horrific Elevator Accident
Sep 1, 2021 5:30 PM CDT
Atlanta Student Killed in Horrific Elevator Accident
Witnesses say football player was trapped when it went into free-fall
- A student athlete in Atlanta was killed in a horrific accident involving an elevator that was apparently long overdue for inspection. Witnesses say three Champion Prep Academy football players boarded the elevator in an upper floor of an apartment building on their way to practice Tuesday afternoon, CBS 46 reports....
Boy Killed in Elevator on Day
Family Arrives at Rental Home
Jul 23, 2021 2:00 AM CDT
Boy Killed in Elevator on Day Family Arrives at Rental Home
Federal agency is now urging rental home companies to take action
- Days after a 7-year-old boy was killed while on vacation in North Carolina's Outer Banks, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said this week that vacation rental services should warn customers that home elevators can be dangerous. The acting chairperson wrote a letter to companies including Airbnb, Vrbo, and TripAdvisor...
Report: Here's How Woman
Died in 'Ungodly' Accident
Oct 24, 2020 4:30 PM CDT
Report: Here's How Woman Died in 'Ungodly' Accident
Massachusetts inspectors take a closer look
- Inspectors are casting fresh light on a horrible accident that claimed a woman's life in Boston last month, the
reports. According to a state report, 38-year-old Carrie O'Connor plunged into an elevator shaft while lugging an oversized package on the first floor. She was moving into...
Boston Woman Dies in
'Gruesome' Elevator Accident
Sep 15, 2020 4:34 PM CDT
Boston Woman Dies in 'Gruesome' Elevator Accident
'I heard just an ungodly scream'
- A Boston woman was killed Monday in a accident involving what a neighbor calls a "terrible old elevator." Carrie O'Connor, a 38-year-old lecturer at Boston University, was pronounced dead at the scene after the accident around 5pm, WCVB reports. She had recently moved into the building in...
Has a Little Glitch
Sep 21, 2019 4:15 PM CDT
Reopened Monument Has a Little Glitch
The elevator conked out, at least for a while
- The newly upgraded elevator at the Washington Monument stopped working just days after reopening to the public following a three-year renovation project, the AP reports. The National Park Service says there was a "brief interruption in service" for about an hour Saturday. Spokesman Mike Litterst said Parks Service staffers...
The Pope Needed a Rescue
Sep 1, 2019 6:09 AM CDT
The Pope Needed a Rescue
Francis got stuck in an elevator for 25 minutes and needed firefighters to get him out
- Pope Francis says he was stuck for 25 minutes in a Vatican elevator and had to be rescued by firefighters, reports the AP. "I have to beg your pardon," Francis told the crowd, per KIRO . Francis apologized to the faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday for showing...
One Man Exited the Elevator.
The 2nd Tried to, Was Killed
Aug 23, 2019 7:12 AM CDT
One Man Exited the Elevator. The 2nd Tried to, Was Killed
Horrific accident in NYC apartment building takes life of 30-year-old
- A horrific accident in a New York City apartment building has left a 30-year-old tenant dead, and other residents say it's the result of ignored pleas to fix the site's elevators. Officials tell NBC New York that Samuel Waisbren was trying to exit an elevator in the lobby...
11 Workers Die After
Elevator Cable Snaps
Apr 25, 2019 12:27 AM CDT
11 Workers Die After Elevator Cable Snaps
It is latest in string of Chinese industrial disasters
- Eleven workers were killed and two seriously injured Thursday when an elevator at a construction site in northern China fell due to a snapped cable, state media reports. Voice of China radio said the accident, the latest in a series of deadly industrial incidents, occurred around 8am in the Hebei...
Woman Rescued After
3 Days in NYC Elevator
Jan 28, 2019 3:38 PM CST
Woman Rescued After 3 Days in NYC Elevator
In a townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side
- Feel like you had a bad weekend? It could have been worse. The
New York Times
reports a woman who worked at the residence at 48 East 65th Street in Manhattan was trapped in the townhouse's elevator from Friday night until the owners returned home Monday morning. A rep...
Elevator Drops 84 Floors,
Causing Hours-Long Rescue
Nov 20, 2018 1:03 AM CST
Elevator Drops 84 Floors, Causing Hours-Long Rescue
The passengers were pulled through a wall
- The unthinkable happened for six visitors to Chicago's fourth tallest skyscraper when a cable snapped, dropping them dozens of stories before becoming trapped in an elevator for nearly three hours. Per the
, the nightmare unfolded at the skyscraper once known as the Hancock Center on Friday when...
They Had a Foot of
Air Space in Elevator.
The Water Kept Coming
Aug 8, 2018 8:17 AM CDT
They Had a Foot of Air Space in Elevator. The Water Kept Coming
Dramatic rescue comes amid Toronto flooding
- Toronto police pulled off an impressive rescue in the city swamped by flooding Tuesday night. Six minutes after receiving a call about two men trapped in a flooded elevator with only a foot of air space, officers swam into the water-filled basement of a commercial building and used a crowbar...
Elevator Joke Is Academia's
New #MeToo Flashpoint
in case you missed it
May 12, 2018 7:44 AM CDT
Elevator Joke Is Academia's New #MeToo Flashpoint
Male professor's 'lingerie' comment doesn't sit well with female professor
- The world of academia has a small-scale furor on its hands over a joke told in a crowded elevator. It played out last month at a Hilton in San Francisco during the annual conference of the International Studies Association, reports the Chronicle of Higher Education . When someone called out a...
Greets Boy Who
Peed in Elevator
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Mar 4, 2018 6:00 PM CST
Instant Karma Greets Boy Who Peed in Elevator
Whiz kid caused a short circuit, which left him trapped
- China's Ministry of Public Security released footage of a boy peeing in an elevator in an effort to warn about unsupervised kids. But it's the instant karma the kid received that's overtaken the conversation, per the BBC . The Friday footage from Chongqing shows a boy peeing on...
Mom Gives Birth,
Then Dies in Freak
Aug 21, 2017 12:19 PM CDT
Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident
Rocio Cortes Nuñez had just delivered her 3rd child via C-section
- A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to birth her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville's Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when...
Man Found Dead in Elevator
Pressed Help Button Twice
Aug 11, 2017 2:20 AM CDT
Man Found Dead in Elevator Pressed Help Button Twice
'Something is not right,' fire official says
- Investigators aren't sure exactly when 82-year-old Isaak Komisarchik died—but they know he died alone, trapped in an elevator, after calling for help and getting no response. The Denver man, who had dementia, was found dead in an elevator at an apartment complex on Aug. 2 after residents reported...
Number of US Occupations
Automated Since 1950: 1
Mar 15, 2017 4:55 PM CDT
Number of US Occupations Automated Since 1950: 1
Pour one out for our lost elevator operators
- While there's a lot of worry about robots replacing American workers, a paper by Harvard economist James Bessen found automation has made humans obsolete in just one job over the past 67 years. Of 270 occupations listed in the 1950 US Census, only elevator operator no longer exists due...
Buttons Are Lies
Oct 29, 2016 3:26 PM CDT
Elevator Door-Close Buttons Are Lies
Expert reveals they don't actually do anything
- This. Changes. Everything. A feature in the
New York Times
notes that door-close buttons in elevators don't actually do anything—and haven't for decades. Functioning door-close buttons went out with the introduction in 1990 of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires doors to stay open for people...
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