January 05, 2006

Still with us...

I had just pulled into the parking lot at the shop this afternoon, when my phone rang. It was Harvey (Da Blog Fadda) of all people. It seems that his lovely wife had run across a news story about an accident that happened in Nashville, and brow-beat him into calling me and checking to see if I was allright. For posterity, here's the whole news story:

Elevator Crushes Two in Tenn. Accident Thursday, January 05, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — One elevator technician was killed and another injured when an elevator fell on top of them while they worked at a Nashville office building.

The workers were in the elevator shaft below the first floor shortly before 10 a.m. when a car fell and trapped them, Nashville Fire Department spokesman Charles Shannon said.

Fire officials shut off power and secured a second elevator, which was stopped between the third and second floors. The elevators were side by side in the same shaft in the building, which houses a processing center for Bank of New York.

The second worker is listed in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, hospital spokesman Jerry Jones said.

The surviving worker was conscious when fire officials removed him and appeared to have leg injuries, Shannon said. The workers' names have not been released.

Shannon said that state elevator inspectors were on the scene investigating the cause of the accident.

Firefighters said they didn't know for which company the men worked.

I just love the plethora of information that we're given here. I'd like to know things like, if this is a traction or hydraulic, whether they were doing maintenance or a modernization, and mostly, why the hell weren't the safeties in place? I hate the fact that one guy was killed and the other injured, but I'll not be surprised if it is found that they did something stupid to get themselves into that situation. I'll se if the Boss can talk to the State inspector's, and find out more about what happened.

All in all, I'm happy to still be with you.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at January 5, 2006 06:24 PM | TrackBack

Whew! I saw the story at Harvey's... I'm really glad I didn't run across it before he posted that you were okay!

Probably because there is an investigation, they won't be giving out any details to the press. And now that the media has reported on it - I'm sure they've lost interest... Oh well.

Now you remember to practice "safe elevator repair". *grin*

Posted by: Teresa at January 5, 2006 06:44 PM

Ditto what Teresa said -- I'm glad that I first saw this at Harvey's and knew everything was okay.

You take care!!

Posted by: Richmond at January 5, 2006 07:23 PM

Isn't that true with most accidents, someone did something stupid and got hurt?

I'm glad it's not you. You can't go getting yourself hurt/killed until you have a chance to drink me under the table.

Posted by: Contagion at January 5, 2006 08:00 PM


Now stop scarin' me like that, damnit!!!

Posted by: Tammi at January 6, 2006 12:04 AM