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Be new to this forum, I didn't know where to put this. Let me start this off by saying I am a safety manager for an elevator company.

I just read an article where a young boy was killed by an elevator. This lad was 8 years old when this accident happened. It happened in a town named Sturgis, Kentucky. His body was found in the doorway and in the shaft his head between the elevator and the walls of the shaft.

People need to understand, that in some states residential elevators and LULA (LImited use and Limited access) may not inspected by any enforcing agency.

Here in PA, we don't even need a permit to install a residential elevator.

There had to be major electrical and mechanical problems with the elevator. They are designed not to operate with the doors opened or the gate opened. This is a design of the electrical side called interlocks.

I am sorry for being so upset about this, it was needless. Please watch your kids, elevators and escalators have no conscience and don't feel anything as they injure or kill someone.

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Comment by Jonathan Paul on October 15, 2009 at 8:30am
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Comment by Gaylan Carl on July 7, 2009 at 7:35pm
Sorry...just remembered. Usually your homeowner's insurance will require that you have an initial inspection performed by a person who is licensed/certified to do other inspections of that type in the state. They may or may not require you to get additional yearly inspections though. Almost all elevators are inspected at least once or twice a year, regardless of type. Ski lifts in PA, also get inspected yearly, before the start of the winter season.
Comment by Gaylan Carl on July 7, 2009 at 7:31pm
I am an elevator inspector for PA, and he is right, you do not need any license or permit to install a residential elevator (Or an elevator in a building that is occupied by only one family unit, as defined by the building code or determined by the elevator division...whatever) anyways, this is actually a fairly common, albeit unfortunate, circumstance. What actually happened here (I can virtually guarantee it) is no malfunctioning of any safety component on the elevator itself, but a failure of parents to not teach and supervise their children. The child stepped onto the space in between the elevator's hoistway door (generally a swing-close type on residential elevators) and the door was closed behind him, while the elevator's gate (usually a gate, it expands and closes, usually has holes in it) Anyways, the child was likely standing in the space that is there. There have been several fixes that try to address this issue, but mainly we see people put a metal piece on the hoistway door which essentially makes it an incline so that you cannot stand on the ledge there. You could also just make the hoistway doors flush, but that usually requires you to redo the whole door, whereas the other solution takes a couple of measurements, some metal, and a few screws. This modification should really be a mandated thing for all elevators that have this type of safety problem, but that's like telling a guy to put turn signals on his 1920 model T......He's not required and more than likely isn't going to.
Comment by Lara Kretler on June 24, 2009 at 12:18pm
David, you posted this in exactly the right place - as a blog post. In the future you can create blog posts with information like this, or start discussions in the forum area, or post it to a group if there's a relevant group. Any or all are appropriate. Thanks for sharing this tragic story as a good reminder to all of us.
Comment by Susan Miller on June 19, 2009 at 10:34am
I read about this in the local paper earlier this week. What an absolutely horrible and needless tragedy.

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