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Elevator Mechanic Identified As Ed Bradley Electrocuted On The Job In Midtown

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - The death of a 45-year-old elevator mechanic is under investigation in Manhattan.

Paramedics got a call at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and raced to 1290 Sixth Avenue to try to the save the man, identified as Ed Bradley from Staten Island, WCBS 880 and 1010 WINS reported.

The caller told them a man working on the elevator machinery on the ninth floor was in trouble.

1010 WINS' Steve Sandberg reports


Bradley leaves behind a wife and three children.

"We arrived on the scene and there was a man in cardiac arrest - the cause of the injuries are not determined yet, it's still under investigation," said Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hodgens.

Volt transformer wires are reportedly what killed Bradley during routine maintenance, 1010 WINS reported.

Bradley worked for Schindler Company, a global elevator provider. He worked at the building frequently.

The 911 caller reported the worker was critically injured while working in an elevator shaft. Investigators are looking into how he have been electrocuted.

"He was found close to the main box - not directly on the wires but very close," said Hodgens.

Bradley was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators are working to determine his exact cause of death. Numerous other agencies are looking into potential safety violations.

Department of Buildings records indicate the high-rise faced violations in 2010 for exposed wires in an electrical closet.  The records also show there were elevator violations dating back to 1999.

"It's still under investigation. Department of buildings on scene, OSHA's on scene, it's being investigated right now," Hodgens said.

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