NEW YORK — Police say a construction worker was found dead, pinned in an elevator shaft after he returned to his worksite to retrieve something he’d forgotten.
Stephen Simpson, 53, a Brooklyn resident, was pronounced dead Sunday after fellow workers discovered his body pinned in the shaft of the 56-story Manhattan luxury building at West 41st Street and Tenth Ave.
Police received a call Sunday morning reporting an unconscious person. He’d been found by a security guard.
The medical examiner is investigating the cause of death.
Investigators say the building’s power had been shut down and he may have been unsuccessfully trying to pry the elevator doors open.
Simpson was a native of Jamaica who had served in the U.S. Army.