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Elevator inspection exemptions (new law)

Published (5/29/2009)
By Kris Berggren
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Some elevators and lifts in nonprofit or nonpublic settings are temporarily exempted from annual safety inspections for an operating permit.

Under a new law, effective May 13, 2009, through July 1, 2010, manlifts in grain elevators, feed mills, and elevators or platform lifts for wheelchairs in churches are excluded from an annual inspection requirement.

Also, the Department of Labor and Industry is directed to establish an advisory group to study existing rules and laws that relate to the maintenance and operation of special purpose lifts, hand elevators and manlifts in facilities not for public use, and report its findings to the Legislature by Jan. 30, 2010.

Rep. Al Juhnke (DFL-Willmar) and Sen. Rod Skoe (DFL-Clearbrook) sponsor the law.


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