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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, February 08, 1913, 2, Image 1

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WE THINK MORE OF CHILDREN, WOMEN AND
MEN THAN OF BEEF, PORK AND MUTTON
THE DAY BOOK
gOO SO. PEORIA ST. Bfc398 TEL. MONROE 353
VOL.2,NO.U2 Chicago, Saturday, Feb. 8, 1913 ONE CENT
INSPECTORS REPORTED CARSON-PIRIE-SCOTT
DEATH ELEVATOR O. K. NOV. 15.
Report Says Nothing of Open Violations of Law Which
Caused Lasch's Death Ericsson's Aides Undis
turbed by Evidence of Fatal Negligence
The negligence of the city
building department and state
factory inspector's office is cost
ing human lives in Chicago every
day.
The complicity of the coroner's
office is allowing these two de
partments of the government to
get away with this negligence
and hide its resultant toll of hu
man life from the public.
A man was killed in the Car
son, Pirie, Scott & Co. store last
Thursday. His crushed, mutil
ated body was found in the pit of
a freight elevator shaft.
The man was operator of the
elevator. There is only one ten
able theory as to how he. came to
his death. That theory is that he
fell from fche elevator into the
shaft.
There were two conditions in
regard to the elevator from which
the man fell which were contrib
utory to such an accident.
The first is ; For a depth of 36
feet from the selling basement of
the store on down, there is a
space of two feet between the
front edge of the elevator floor
and the elevator shafting . and
basement platforms.
The second is: The only
guard on the front of the eleva
tor at the time this man fell to
his death was a number of chains
strung across, the highest of
these chains being only four feet
from the floor of the elevator. '
These two aonditions combined
meant that there was a space of
two feet wide practically unpro
tected through which any person
who slipped might fall.
It seemed extraordinary to The
Day Book that such conditions
should be permitted under the
law in this day and age. The Day
Book went to the city building
department seeking light, since
the Carson-Pirie-Scott building is
of the class that must be inspect
ed annually by the. department.

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