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Safety of Alabama elevators

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Decatur police said 41-year-old Michael Dewayne Atkins, an employee at Decatur Morgan Hospital, died when an elevator he was working on at the hospital fell on him.

We decided to look into what the state does to ensure that elevators are safe.

In 2003, the state legislature implemented an elevator safety inspection program. The program is operated under the Alabama Department of Labor. The legislation requires all elevators that the public has access to be inspected annually. The department is also required to keep all accident reports and license people who repair, construct, or dismantle elevators.

A ten member board is at the head of the program. Members are appointed by the governor. The board consists of members from the elevator repair industry, building managers, and the public.

Using numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one report puts the number of deaths related to elevator deaths at around 30 per year. Over half of them are people who are working on or installing an elevator. Most workers deaths are the result of them becoming caught in or between the elevator and the elevator shaft.

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