A 7-year-old boy was killed in a home elevator accident at a beach rental home in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, three days after federal regulators pushed another major elevator manufacturer to fix a similar problem
The boy’s family, visiting the beach from Canton, Ohio, had arrived earlier that day to begin a vacation, Shortway said.
“It’s just such a terrible tragedy,” he said.
The elevator industry has known about this particular safety hazard for decades. It also has known about a simple way to prevent it: a $100 plastic or foam insert to block the gap.
But the industry officials have resisted calls to make these safety improvements, arguing to federal regulators that the problem was complicated and not their responsibility, according to a 2019 Washington Post investigation.
In the meantime, the accidents continued.
A few months after the CPSC backed off, a 4-year-old boy was crushed by a residential elevator at his grandparents’ home outside Salt Lake City. He survived.