Texas orders nearly $86K fine over elevator death

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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 2 at 2:17 PM

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas regulators have fined a hotel and a contractor nearly $86,000 over the 2011 death of a housekeeper who fell six stories down a service elevator shaft.

The case involves the Crockett Hotel in San Antonio and Otis Elevator Co.

Emergency responders recovered the body of 65-year-old Gloria Rodriguez on Dec. 28, 2011. Other workers had reported hearing a noise and then the basement elevator doors were jammed.

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on Monday announced the hotel was fined $25,800 for failing to schedule state-mandated inspections and maintenance. The agency fined Otis $60,000 for performing work in a negligent or incompetent manner related to brakes.

Hotel general manager William Brendel declined comment citing a pending lawsuit by the Rodriguez family. Elevator company officials didn't immediately comment.

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