Man killed by carbon monoxide gas in New York
BOSTON — The head of Legal Sea Foods is planning changes at all of the chain’s restaurants after a deadly accident.
A restaurant manager died Saturday night in Long Island when carbon monoxide leaked at the Walt Whitman Mall on Long Island.
Steven Nelson, 55, was found unconscious in the basement. He was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Twenty-seven other people were taken to the hospital, including three officers who responded to the call.
“This is a fair amount of trauma. Like a family, you come together and do the best you can with it,” said Legal CEO Roger Berkowitz.
“There was some defective heating equipment in the building, specifically a flu pipe from one of the water heaters than failed,” Huntington fire marshal Terence McNally said.
While carbon monoxide detectors can save lives, the restaurant at the mall did not have one. New York law only requires them in places where people sleep.
Massachusetts law says the same applies to hotels, but now Legal says it will train its employees to learn how to act at the first sign of a leak.
“This was a hell of a wake-up call to have to go through,” Berkowitz said. “We will certainly go through each and every one of our restaurants and make sure that we have detectors in there.”