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Report: Hospital Knew Elevator Needed Upgrade Before Mishap

Posted/updated on: March 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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FORT WORTH (AP) – An examination reveals that a Fort Worth hospital knew an elevator was in need of upgrades two years before a nurse was seriously injured after the elevator continued to rise as she tried to step into it. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that elevator consulting firm Lerch Bates examined the maintenance of the elevators at John Peter Smith Hospital in April 2017. Lerch Bates recommended the hospital make a full upgrade to elevator No. 29 by 2018. The hospital instead requested bids for work on two other elevators. Elevator No. 29 then malfunctioned on Jan. 20, crushing Carren Stratford and causing her internal injuries. Hospital spokeswoman JR Labbe says officials chose not to immediately upgrade elevator No. 29 because it was used less frequently compared to the other two.


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