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Elevator Technician Killed in Construction Accident

Elevator Technician Killed in Construction Accident

A man was killed Monday in a construction accident when an elevator fell on him at the former Holiday Inn on Lane Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.

Elevator technician James C. Higgins, 51, and another worker were at the bottom of an elevator shaft attempting to prepare the elevator so that workers could remove furniture from the hotel when the accident occurred around 8 a.m. Monday, according to Columbus Division of Fire Battalion Chief Dave Whiting.

The elevator they were working on fell down the shaft, killing Higgins. It is not known if the incident was due to mechanical or human error, said Whiting.

Higgins was an employee of Oracle Elevator for three years and was working on converting the former Holiday Inn into a dormitory.

The accident is being investigated by the Columbus Division of Police.

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