DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — After a fatality near a freight elevator earlier this week at Decatur-Morgan Hospital, more and more people are starting to pay attention to the condition of the elevators they use.
Shirey Erwin was at the Medical Plaza at Decatur-Morgan this morning getting her flu shot. She contacted WHNT News 19 after she noticed not one, but two elevators displayed certificates that said their inspection date was expired. “Both of those had expired and one of them had expired like over 2 years ago, and the other one was in 2012, I thought I should contact you all,” said Erwin.
We checked into the elevator situation and went to look for ourselves. WHNT News 19 found all elevators in the main hospital were up-to-date on their inspections. However, it seemed elevators in Medical Plaza Tower II were not. “I just feel like safety issues should be taken care of first,” she said.
According to the Alabama Department of Labor, the elevators that Erwin was concerned about are up to code. However, the documentation inside the elevators had not reflected that.
“We do have on a regular basis, vandalism in the buildings that we have,” said Tony Adair. Adair is the facilities manager for the property. He told WHNT News 19 that he has to replace the elevator certificates on a regular basis because people will rip them down or take them for other elevators in another building.
WHNT News 19 got results on this situation. We watched Adair replace the certifications on Friday afternoon, making sure patients and visitor feel safe at Decatur-Morgan Medical Plaza.
He told WHNT News 19 that he checks on each property every few days to make sure all is in order. That is a practice he is going to continue.