Report: Most Mall Escalators Not Inspected Annually

BOSTON (AP) — Three-quarters of the escalators in Massachusetts shopping malls have not been inspected annually in the past three years as required by law.

A Boston Globe review of state Public Safety Department inspection records found that from 2008 to 2010, only 44 out of 188 escalators at the state’s major shopping malls were inspected annually.

Inspected escalators were found in need of repair more than half the time, and mall escalators were temporarily shut down 22 times over safety concerns.

A 4-year-old Dudley boy died in March when he fell from an escalator at the Auburn Mall. The death sparked a safety sweep of about 900 escalators statewide.

State Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Gatzunis says while some escalator inspections are not current, the “absolute majority” of escalators are in good condition.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. HooDatIS? says:

    INSPECT THOSE ELEVATORS! JESUS CHRIST WE DONT WANNA DIE WHILE WE SHOPPING COME ON NOW , PAY YOUR CEO 24 MILLION BUT U CANT INSPECT AN ELEVATOR…DONT MAKE ME SLAP THE SPAGHETTI OUT YO MOUTH
    VISIT MY BLOG
    http://ethicalfutures.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/a-prescription-for-spiritual-wellness/

  2. Dennis says:

    I work for a condo association that needs their elevators inspected once a year, on the last visit from the state inspector both he and the UNION elevator mechanics they had to hire for a 4 hour minimum were done at 11:30 am, the elevator mechanics left when they were done, the state inspector parked in the rear of the property until 2:30 just sitting in hi truck reading the paper and smoking cigarettes, typical state employee, explains a lot

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