Elevator that crushed NYC grocery store worker was illegally installed: officials

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The freight elevator that fatally crushed a worker at a Manhattan supermarket on Tuesday was illegally installed, according to officials.

“This tragic incident shows just how dangerous unregistered, illegally installed elevator devices can be for New Yorkers,” said Andrew Rudansky, a spokesman for the city Department of Buildings, in a statement on Wednesday.

“We have shut down the dumbwaiter, and will be thoroughly investigating this incident.”

Maria Sanchez was loading produce into the dumbwaiter in the basement of the Food Emporium on West 43rd Street near 10th Avenue on Tuesday when the elevator abruptly jerked, crushing her head, according to police sources.

The 39-year-old Bronx woman was found dead in the elevator shaft around 4:10 p.m.

The DoB has issued a cease-use order for the dumbwaiter, and slapped the building’s owner, Manhattan Plaza Inc., with a violation.

The ownership company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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