Worker Dies After Elevator Malfunctions at New Jersey Restaurant

September 2, 2016

A worker is dead after police say he was caught in the machinery of a small freight elevator at a New Jersey restaurant.

Lakehurst Police Chief Eric Higgins tells the Asbury Park Press 34-year-old Oscar Francisco Carranza-Lopez was moving a delivery of food into the basement of Three B’s Bar and Bistro Sunday morning using the freight elevator.

Higgins says he had one foot on the ground and the other on the elevator when it apparently malfunctioned, sending a bar at the top of the elevator down on Carranza-Lopez.

Other workers at the restaurant worked to help him before he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Higgins says there aren’t any signs of foul play.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

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