The New York Times reports that elevator mechanics and supervisors working for the New York City Housing Authority can no longer moonlight for private elevator maintainence companies.
We discussed the moonlighting issue in an earlier post, “Getting a Recovery for Elevator Injuries; Many NYCHA Elevator Staff Moonlight.”
The new head of the Housing Authority has prohibited moonlighting so that the employees can devote themselves 100% to their duties and work overtime, if necessary.
It is also noteworthy that NYCHA’s chief elevator inspector has stepped down from his position and has conceded that he moonlighted on Housing Authority time! He has agreed to a fine of $2,000 with the City’s Conflict of Interest Board.
We applaud this development. Prohibiting moonlighting might help the deplorable conditions of City Housing Authority elevators.
NYCHA’s general sloppy regime of elevator maintainence may be helpful in proving negligence in an elevator accident in a City project. In a case with NYCHA it is necessary to obtain the elevator maintenance records before the accident.
If you have been involved in an elevator accident please call me at 800-581-1434.
Mark E. Seitelman, 12/16/08, www.seitelman.com.