Excerpt from the OH&S Canada Magazine

An inquest into the death of an elevator mechanic 6 years ago demonstrated that the lack of familiarity with an older building and deficient safety procedures may have proved contributing factors.

On March 29, 2005, James Sanford was refurbishing an elevator in the historic Dominion Building in London, Ontario when he hit his head on a metal beam and plummeted 20 feet to the ground. The 30-year-old employee of Schindler Elevator received fatal injuries at about 9am when he and his assistant tried to jump to safety from a runaway elevator, reports regional supervising coroner for southwestern Ontario, Dr. Jack Stanborough.

Sanford died the next day as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.