An elevator mechanic was injured in an accident at Neue Galerie Thursday morning | Upper East Site
An elevator mechanic was injured in an accident at Neue Galerie Thursday morning | Upper East Site

Elevator Mechanic Injured in Mishap At UES Museum

An elevator mechanic was injured and taken to the hospital Thursday morning after a mishap at Neue Galerie, the Upper East Side museum where he was working, left him hanging by one arm inside an elevator shaft, officials tell Upper East Site

First responders rushed to Neue Galerie, a museum featuring German and Austrian art from the early twentieth century, located at 1048 Fifth Avenue at the corner of East 86th Street, around 8:45 am after receiving a call for help.

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Upper East Site has learned the mechanic, who works for Nouveau Elevator based out of Queens, was performing maintenance work inside of the museum’s dumbwaiter shaft when his hand got caught in the lift’s hoist ropes. 

A Nouveau Elevator van was seen outside the Neue Galerie Thursday morning | Upper East Site
A Nouveau Elevator van was seen outside the Neue Galerie Thursday morning | Upper East Site
A Nouveau Elevator van was seen leaving Neue Galerie on Thursday morning | Upper East Site
A Nouveau Elevator van was seen leaving Neue Galerie on Thursday morning | Upper East Site

Not knowing a colleague was caught in the cables, another elevator technician then moved the dumbwaiter up, lifting the stuck mechanic and suspending him in the air 4 to 5 feet, according to the Department of Buildings, which had inspectors on scene shortly after accident.

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FDNY crews were able to free the mechanic and safely get him out of the elevator shaft. He was then taken to Weill Cornell Medical Center in stable condition. The mechanic’s injuries were not life threatening, officials said.

Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 86th Street | Upper East Site
Neue Galerie is located at 1048 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 86th Street | Upper East Site

Following their investigation, the Department of Buildings issued a violation as well as a cease-use order on the dumbwaiter.

Upper East Site reached out to Neue Galerie for comment but did not hear back by time of publication.

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