Excellent article on elevator safety. Written for the NY Daily News, but applicable to all elevators: Stuck in an elevator? New York City brass say sit tight. Five people died and 51 were injured in 56 elevator accidents across the city last year, and the most gruesome deaths and dismemberments were often trapped New Yorkers trying to save themselves, according to the Department of Buildings. “It’s horrible and something the mayor is very concerned about,” said New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler, who is launching a citywide “Stay Safe. Stay Put” public awareness campaign on Wednesday to.