State of TN Hires New Elevator Inspectors

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Newly hired inspector Laralyn Drew works with inspector Bob Graham

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has hired four new elevator inspectors, including the first female elevator inspector in the state's history.

The TDLWD's Division of Workplace Regulations and Compliance is responsible for inspecting more than 13,300 elevators across the state of Tennessee. With the addition of the four new positions, the state now has 27 field inspectors and one supervisor in the elevator unit.

The new hires include Steve Millsaps, who will be based in Murfreesboro, Rodney Gentry, who will inspect elevators in the Nashville area, William Brooks will be in Knoxville and Laralyn Drew, the state's first female inspector, will work in Nashville.

"With the large growth in Nashville and numerous ongoing construction projects on the rise, getting qualified inspectors hired is a premium to ensure public safety," said division Administrator Kim Jefferson.

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The four new inspectors are currently undergoing training at different locations in the Nashville area. They are learning what safety criteria the state requires elevator operators to maintain and what to look for during on-site inspections.

"Each inspector will receive training during their first year, and they will obtain national certification through the Qualified Elevator Inspector program," said Jefferson.

The four new inspectors are currently undergoing training at different locations in the Nashville area. They are learning what safety criteria the state requires elevator operators to maintain and what to look for during on-site inspections.

"Each inspector will receive training during their first year, and they will obtain national certification through the Qualified Elevator Inspector program," said Jefferson.

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