1. On Feb. 9 at 11:26 a.m., Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers responded to the report of an employee injury at Danforth Dining Hall. Upon arrival, officers found that a staff member had fallen approximately four feet onto the top of the elevator. The elevator had malfunctioned and the doors opened without the elevator being up to the floor. The staff member was pulling a large cart onto the elevator when he fell, but the cart did not fall. The staff member was conscious when officers arrived and stated that he was in pain. Rural/Metro Ambulance and the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) responded to assist. RFD was able to get to the employee and place him on a gurney to carry him out of the elevator shaft. The employee was then transported to Strong Hospital by Rural/ Metro ambulance for treatment. It is unknown what injuries the employee sustained at the time, though he was conscious the entire time. The elevator was shut down until it could be inspected.
Burning items on stovetops set off fire alarms
2. On Feb. 8, there were two separate occasions of items being burned on stovetops. The first was at 5:05 p.m. in Burton Hall when a student was cooking with oil which caught on fire. The student stated the fire went out almost immediately. The student stated she then used a pull station because of the fire. RFD and DPS officers responded. The area was checked and there was no damage or injuries. The second incident was in Susan B. Anthony Residence Halls at 6:08 p.m. DPS officers responded to a fire alarm in the building. Upon arrival to the fifth floor, they found smoke coming from the kitchen. Officers found a pot with a burnt black residue in it on the stove, which was still on. No one was in the kitchen. A student told officers she was boiling brown sugar and tea in the pot and left it unattended for several minutes. The area was ventilated and the student was warned about watching things while cooking. No damage or injuries were reported.
More students caught walking on thin ice
3. This week, there were two separate incidents in which DPS officers responded to people on the frozen Genesee River. The first incident was on Feb. 6 at 4:18 p.m. when DPS responded to the report of two people on the ice. The two were located and came off the ice and spoke to officers. The affiliated persons were warned and advised about being on the ice. In the second incident on Feb. 8 at 2:45 a.m., two people were observed walking on the ice under the footbridge. Both were cooperative and walked off the ice when directed to do so. Both were identified as undergraduates. They were warned and advised about being on the ice. Both were cooperative and understood.
Please do not walk on the frozen river or any other frozen body of water. The Genesee River may appear to be completely frozen but due to the swift water currents all year long the ice may not be as thick as it appears. The fast undercurrent is very treacherous. Please stay off the ice for your safety.
Lai is a member of the class of 2018.
Information provided by UR Public Safety.