New York – Over twenty New York Police Department (NYPD) and federal law enforcement officers were involved in an elevator collapse accident while at work. The on-the-job accident occurred when the team of police officers and personnel were possibly moving equipment into the building. The elevator apparently suffered an equipment malfunction when it suddenly collapsed down to the basement level. Officials will need to look over maintenance records to determine if negligent maintenance could have contributed to this accident with injuries. Extensive safety devices and protocols are in place to ensure that such an elevator accident doesn’t occur. However, proper upkeep is necessary to ensure that public safety is protected. Specifics of injuries suffered during this work accident are unclear but at least one police officer was transported to the emergency department. He was suffering with a back injury and he was taken by ambulance for treatment. Ambulance, paramedic and rescue personnel rushed to the scene and described the events. Concern has been raised about additional spinal injuries or occult fractures and even internal bleeding and injuries. Accident specialists explain that an accident at work already raises significant concerns but an injured worker in law enforcement includes additional problems that can add to injury and disability. The weapons and extensive equipment that is carried by a cop or other enforcement agent can cause injuries and even difficulty in functioning when trying to return to work. See this article for additional information about this work related elevator accident.
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