Transel Elevator Inc. announced the firings Wednesday, two days after a city report said a mechanic had overridden an important safety system before Suzanne Hart's Dec. 14 death.
The company isn't naming the five people discharged. But a city Department of Investigation report identifies five mechanics and apprentices. Their lawyers had no immediate comment.
One mechanic, Michael Hill, told investigators he overrode the safety mechanism to enable work earlier on Dec. 14. The mechanism normally prevents elevators from moving with their doors open.
Hill insisted it was back online when Hart tried to get in the elevator.
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