The jury awarded $2.173 million to plaintiff for death caused by lack of a guardrail around the roof of a Schindler service elevator. Plaintiff sued the Schindler, the elevator manufacturer, and its designer, Minnesota Elevator Company, alleging that the elevator was dangerous and defective because it lacked a guardrail on the elevator's roof, where the control panel was located. Minnesota Elevator Company settled early in the course of litigation for $150,000. Two employees at a General Motors plant were tasks with fixing the elevator which had become stuck and accessed the roof of the elevator through a service door. One of the men fell to his death from the roof of the elevator as there was no guardrail to protect him from falling through the 36-inch space between the elevator and the elevator shaft wall. If you or a loved one has been hurt by a Schindler Elevator, please feel free to call The Simon Law Firm, P.C.