Elevator worker's death at TMH ruled an accident

Published: Mar. 24, 2017 at 12:05 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV)—The death of an Otis Elevator worker has been ruled an accident, according to a Tallahassee Police Department incident report.

The incident happened at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital the morning of February 17.

According to a police report, Robert Myers, 60, was working on the elevator at the TMH Professional Office Building early in the morning and had been in and out of the elevator shaft multiple times.

People riding the elevator told police they heard a loud knock and grinding sound around 6 a.m. as the elevator approached the ground floor. The elevator then became stuck between the the first and ground floors.

Hospital security staff says while trying to rescue the people trapped, they saw blood on the outer doors and threshold of the elevator, and a pool of blood on the shaft floor.

Myers' body was found inside the elevator shaft around 7:45 a.m. Investigators say his body was found on a ladder attached to the inside of the elevator shaft.

Police ruled Myers' death as an industrial accident.

Otis Elevator released the following statement to WCTV regarding the accident:

"Our deepest sympathies remain with the family of Bob Myers, a valued and respected Otis employee who was involved in a fatal incident at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Bob had worked in the industry since 1999. Otis was fortunate to have him on our team, and he is greatly missed by his friends and colleagues."