December 14, 2011 in Midtown, New York an advertising executive was killed when she stepped onto a malfunctioning elevator that lurched up when she stepped in prior to the doors closing. This caused her body to wedge between the floor of the elevator and door entrance frame. Last year in New York alone, there were 53 accidents with 3 fatalities. This sudden surge by the elevator crushed her body, and the investigation continues. It is believed the elevator was old and many violations were issued in recent years.
Las Vegas continues to have major modern fleet of elevators given the new construction, however the elevators are not immune to problems especially in the older hotels and casinos. Benson & Bingham is a Nevada leader in elevator accidents.