Chester, PA – Elevator mechanic struck, killed by falling dumbwaiter at Harrah’s Philadelphia

According to ABC 6 Action News, an elevator mechanic working on a dumbwaiter at Harrah’s Philadelphia in Chester, Pennsylvania, was killed when the dumbwaiter unexpectedly fell on top of him. The accident occurred around 4 p.m., Saturday, December 29, 2012. The 52 year-old victim from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, was an elevator contractor, not a casino employee. The incident dumbwaiter was used to deliver food to restaurants within the casino. Continue reading

West Mifflin, PA – Elevator motor fire disrupts Black Friday shopping

According to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania news agency TribLIVE, Black Friday shopping was interrupted at Century III Mall in West Miffllin after an elevator motor caught fire for yet-unknown reasons. Interestingly, an elevator maintenance technician apparently discovered the fire when he noticed heat coming from the motor room. According to the article, a fire official said the motor and its oil burned within the elevator shaft. No one was injured, but the store and businesses around it were cleared while fire crews remained on scene. Continue reading