EXCLUSIVE: Get Gephardt investigates what is done to keep elevators, escalators safe

Get Gephardt investigates into why elevator and escalator owners are largely given a pass to keep operating and what that means for the safety of those lift riders. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Do you ever hop on an escalator or elevator and think to yourself, 'That was a weird noise,’ or ‘That sudden jerk felt a bit off?'

Rest easy. There's a whole division in the state of Utah whose job it is to make sure they are safe.

In the past year, Utah’s Elevator and Boiler Safety division state has written 721 lift owners for safety violations. Those owners are told they have 30 days to fix the problem yet only about half do.

The latest tally is 382 times, the state has had to send a second notice warning business owners to get the issues fixed within 60 days or else the permit to operate the elevator or escalator won't be renewed.

The lift owner may even face criminal charges.

Some still don't listen.

In the past year, 53 lift owners have missed their get-fixed deadlines and yet not a single one has been forced to shut down nor has its owner faced charges.

Wednesday on 2News at 10 p.m., a Get Gephardt investigation digs into why elevator and escalator owners are largely given a pass to keep operating and what that means for the safety of those lift riders.



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