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Thursday, July 19, 2012

A correction: State elevator data appears to be incorrect

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 3:19 PM

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For this week's feature looking at the Crockett Hotel's recent elevator death, the state's investigation into it, and elevator regulations and related injuries in Texas, we also sought to find out how many local elevators were past their mandated annual inspection date. When asked, open records representatives with the TDLR suggested using the online searchable public database where the department posts reports on elevator inspections, equipment, and department investigations into complaints. The Current went one-by-one through some 2,000 San Antonio buildings on file with the TDLR to determine which had elevators past their inspection due dates. We, it now appears wrongly, assumed those records would accurately list those inspection dates.

A trio of property managers from buildings named in the article contacted the Current Wednesday and Thursday to say those TDLR records appear to be incorrect, listing elevators that are either out of service or that have had their decal numbers changed. We've been able to confirm at this point that the Milam Building, contrary to what we stated in the feature, is in fact current on their inspection. TDLR representatives are continuing to look into the issue. However, we can no longer in confidence stand by the figures we cited from TDLR on out-of-date elevator inspections. While this in no way detracts from questions of malfeasance raised by Gloria Rodriguez's death at the Crockett, we sincerely apologize to those other buildings named in the piece.

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