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THE NEGLIGENCE OF CITY ELEVATOR INSPECTORS
If freight elevator No. 25 in the
Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. store
is properly safeguarded it will not
be because the city building de
partment or state factory inspec
tor has enforced the law.
Positive proof that the city ele
vator inspectors who made the
annual inspection of the Carson-Pirie-Scott
15 last neglected their duty was
given The Day Book by General
Manager Wood of the store.
Chief Elevator x Inspector
Frank Gaynor told The Day
Book Saturday that Inspectors
Ross and Murray inspected all
the Carson-Pirie-Scott elevators
Nov. 15. He said that their re
port on elevator No. 25 read as
"Freight elevator No. 25 Pro
tection against accidents O. K."
John J. Lusch was killed by a
fall from that elevator down the
shafting last Thursday.
At the inquest it was brought
out that the elevator transgressed
the law in two particulars.
First, it was not provided with
a guard for the entrance as pro
vided by law.
Second, there was a space be
tween the elevator exit edge and
the shafting that was greater
than permitted by the city build
Neither T)f these facts was com
mented on by Deputy Coroner
Adolph Herrmann, who conduct
ed the inquest, nor did Herrmann
permit the jury to refer to them
in their verdict. j
The Day Book asked General
Manager Wood, of Carson, Pirie,
Scott & Co. if the store elevators
are today in the same condition as
when inspected and reported on
November 15, 1912.
"There has been no material
change," said Wood.
"You are quite sure that there
have been no material changes, in
safeguards, for instance?"
"I am toid by the engineer that
conditions are exactly as they
were at the last inspection."
"The law requires that the pro
tection guard at the elevator exit
side shall be six feet high. If the
chain was six feet high when in
spected last November, it is still
of that height?"
"I have been given positive as
surance that conditions in our ele
vators and elevator shafts are pre
cisely the same today as they
were November 15 last and that
there has been no material change
of any sort since the inspection in
"Will you make any change to
increase the safety of the eleva
tors?" "I have instructed our engineer
to make a complete report and
any suggestions he may see fit
If there is anything that can be
done, it will be done. That is
That Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co.
of their own volition intend to see
to it that their elevators are made
more safe is of no moment to the
The people pav inspectors to
see to it that such things as ele
vators in department stores, fac-