New York City – A worker who returned to a construction site after work to retrieve something he had forgotten, was crushed to death when he became stuck in an elevator during a power outage in the building.
The victim, 53-year old Steven Simpson, a construction worker from Brooklyn, apparently pried open the doors and tried to crawl out.
When power was unexpectedly restored, the elevator began to move, crushing Simpson between the doors of the elevator and the floor.
Simpson’s family started looking for him when he didn’t return home that night and didn’t respond to their urgent phone calls. Using an app, they traced his phone to the construction site, but no one was there to let them in. They tried to report him to the police as a missing person, but were told to come back with more information.
A coworker coming in to work the next day found him and called the police at 7 a.m. The body was discovered lodged between the fifth and sixth floors of the 56-floor luxury loft. It remains unclear if the worker fell, or was crushed while working alongside the car.
He was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the incident continues.