NEW ORLEANS -- Construction workers who were next door to The Standard construction site last Friday on Monday recalled the moment they heard an elevator plummet seven stories to the ground below.
"There's an emergency braking system on it, and that's what we heard, but it gave way," one told WWL-TV.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it's still investigating what caused the elevator to plummet seven floors. Investigators arrvied at the site near Julia and South Rampart streets to inspect the elevator and some of its parts.
"It hits home closer to us than anything else especially when it's some employees as opposed to just one," said Doug Castro with Global Educational Resource Alliance,.
In his role, Castro has visited numerous construction sites to keep workers safe. "Falls is the number one construction killer year after year."
Castro said OSHA will look into things such as the brake system, power, what the elevators were used to lift, and interview those involved. "But the great thing about it, as we spoke about earlier, the spring that's at the bottom of the elevator if you ask my opinion that has to have been what saved all 11 employees."
WWL-TV checked in with a supervisor from Friday, who said all five injured workers have been released.
He said the most serious injury was a fractured food. And, he said, even though 11 people were inside, the elevator, it was nowhere near load capacity.
"Biggest thing is to make safety considerations, so that thing issue will hopefully not happen again," Castro said.
Hopefully, it won't happen again, but for everyday construction workers, it's just another potential hazard that comes with the job.
Castro said because investigators have a lot of variables to look into, it could take several weeks before authorities release a report on what happened.
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