NC elevators will require lifeguards with new safety protocols

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All elevators inside vacation cabins or similar short-term rentals in North Carolina are expected to include vital space guards in legislation moving through the state Senate.

The measure, which was approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday and could be debated later this week, is a response to the death last summer of a 7-year-old child in a rental home in the northern Outer Banks. The Ohio boy became trapped between the elevator car and the elevator shaft, authorities said.

The bill would no longer exempt elevators in such short-term rentals from state Department of Labor regulations, although annual inspections would not be required. These lifts should meet safety standards to prevent a small child from getting stuck. This would include installing space guards or baffles that bridge the gap.

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Sen. Todd Johnson, a Republican from Union County who handles the bill, said the products cost about $150.

NC implementing new safety protocols for elevators.

The elevator owner should notify the Department of Labor that the improvement has been made, the bill says, and if it is not completed, the elevator’s power supply should be disconnected.

The bill, which is also expected to pass the House, would also direct the state building code to require such safety measures for elevators in new short-term rental construction.

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