Update: Man’s Death in Hospital Elevator Case Ruled an Accident

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – An update about a deadly incident at Decatur Morgan Hospital last week.

That’s when co-workers found 41-year-old Dwayne Atkins of Tharptown wedged between the bottom of a freight elevator and the floor.  He died on the scene.

Today, Decatur Police say, after the autopsy, there is nothing to support any criminal charges against anyone at this time.

Morgan County Coroner Jeff Chunn says he is awaiting the full autopsy report, but at this point, the cause of death is blunt force trauma to the torso, and it has been ruled an accident.  Chunn says he’s not aware of any other contributing factor to the incident.

A spokesman with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration says the department will not conduct an investigation, because the hospital is publicly owned and operated.  Therefore, OSHA does not have jurisdiction.

The Alabama Department of Labor sent inspectors to the hospital to take a closer look at the freight elevator involved.  A spokeswoman, Tara Hutchinson, says the results of their inspection may be available by the end of this week.

Last week, Hutchinson confirmed the certification on the elevator involved was current.

WHNT News 19 also checked in with a spokesperson with Decatur Morgan Hospital, who says the staff is awaiting more information from Decatur Police in terms of what else was going on at the time when the accident occurred.

They say Atkins was not working on the elevator at the time.  The freight elevator is not used by the public.

3 comments

  • Madison City Girl

    This is some GARBAGE!! A man has lost his life, but it seems everyone on Decatur Police force wants to try an save Decatur Morgan Hospital from a lawsuit by Dewayne family. To the Atkins family, praying for you all in the passing of a Mother’s Son, Brother, Husband , Cousin and Dear Friend. Please do not accept this as an accident, coincidences just don’t happen this way!! R.I.P. Dewayne!!

    • Judy

      Without evidence of a crime they can do nothing. It’s sad, yes, but a better question is, Who was he? What was he doing in the elevator shaft? You make reference to “coincidences”. What coincidences? Perhaps you’re aware of something not covered in the article?

  • Judy

    Without evidence of a crime they can do nothing. It’s sad, yes, but a better question is, Who was he? What was he doing in the elevator shaft? You make reference to “coincidences”. What coincidences? Perhaps you’re aware of something not covered in the article?

Comments are closed.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 690 other followers