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Posted on December 9, 2014 by

A Cautionary Tale: Lack of Proper Elevator Inspection Causes Fatality

It’s common knowledge that elevators require operating certificates, and regular inspections are also required by law. However, one Missouri building failed to obtain an operating certificate for an elevator, and the result was tragic.

St. Louis music legend, Bob Reuter was killed when he fell eighteen feet down an elevator shaft after opening the manual door. Sources indicate that Reuter was moving when the accident occurred. The elevator in question is reported to have been installed in 1918, and authorities were unable to locate an operation certificate for it.

Reuter’s death is tragic, and it was an accident that could have been avoided if the elevator had been properly maintained. Authorities are still investigating the incident, but it’s clear that something needs to change to avoid these types of accidents.

Of course, most buildings maintain their elevators appropriately and have no incidents on record. However, there are other problems you might encounter in a building that can cause you to get injured. Escalators also require frequent maintenance and safety checks to ensure that they are operating well, and all buildings are required to adhere to strict codes.

If you or someone you love is injured in an accident that’s the result of the negligence of the building’s owner, please contact your St. Louis injury attorney right away. Your attorney will make sure your rights are protected and will fight hard to get you compensation.