Politics & Government

June 28, 2014

New Washington state escalator rules fall short, analysis finds

Following an escalator collapse in Bellevue in December 2012, state officials established new rules governing elevator and escalator maintenance companies. They also began issuing new fines for escalator and elevator owners who don't promptly address problems found by state inspectors. But nearly a year after the new regulations took effect, roughly one quarter of the 503 escalators inspected by the state still have outstanding problems that have no record of ever being fixed, a News Tribune analysis has found.

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