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San Antonio hotel fined $25,800 over elevator violations

Investigation into Crockett Hotel elevators launched following death of employee

Just over a year since Crockett Hotel employee Gloria Rodriguez plunged to her death, the Texas Department of Licensing and regulation fined the hotel owner thousands of dollars for failing to have three elevators fall into regulation. 

According to a press release, the hotel owner, 1859 Historic Hotels, Ltd., faces a fine of $25,800 because the hotel failed to have the elevators annually inspected by a certified inspector and the owners failed to ensure the required annual tests performed. 

Texas elevator law states property owners must have the equipment inspected on an annual bases by a certified inspector. 

The release further states the owners also failed to show the TDLR maintenance and inspection records and maintenance control programs for the three elevators. 

Gloria Rodriguez, 65, was a housekeeper at the historic downtown San Antonio Hotel since 1999. Investigators say she fell six stories down the shaft of a service elevator on Dec. 28, 2011. 

Hotel workers say she was alone when the incident happened. 

Days after the tragedy, the general manager of the Crockett Hotel said the elevators are inspected annually by the state of Texas. The most recent annual inspections found no areas of concern and were fully up to current state code.

Most recently, however, in May 2012, the state found this tragedy was preventable and was the direct results of the failure to have the elevator inspected as required and inadequate maintenance. 

The TDLR also issued a fine against Otis Elevator Company in the amount of $60,000. 

At the time of the accident, Otis held a maintenance contract with the owners of the Crockett Hotel to perform regular maintenance and repair to three elevators located in the hotel. 

The TDLR found Otis failed to exercise reasonable judgment and skill in the performance of their contract with the hotel owners to install, alter, repair, or maintain equipment. 

The Department also found Otis performed work under the contract in a negligent or incompetent manner. 

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation oversees 28 statutes, 29 programs and licenses over 660,000 licensees.

Rodriguez's family said that the hotel was negligent and filed a lawsuit.

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