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Report: No Violations Regarding Elevator-Involved Fatal Accident

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DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A newly released report indicates the elevator involved in an incident that killed a man last month at Decatur-Morgan Hospital was functioning as intended.

The Alabama Department of Labor report indicates there are no violations to report with regard to that elevator.

The report also cites information from a Decatur Police Department investigation that states “the hoistway door interlock safety controls at the ground floor of the elevator were overridden.”

Read the report.

Co-workers found 41-year-old Dwayne Atkins of Tharptown wedged between the bottom of a freight elevator and the floor at the hospital on October 30th.  He died on the scene.

Police in Decatur say there is nothing to support criminal charges against anyone at this time.

Tara Hutchinson, a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Labor, says the certification on the elevator involved was current.

1 Comment

  • Michael Kewl

    All of which means there was not a 2nd person/party there to verify the interlock could not be over-ridden or was locked out…a clear violation of all safety rules by not having two persons present to perform maintenance on the elevator.

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