Elevator Safety Board Signed Meeting Minutes August 24, 2021

ELEVATOR SAFETY BOARD

Meeting Minutes

August 24, 2021

  I.  Call to order

Chairperson Kris Kesterson called the meeting to order at 9:03 a.m.  The meeting was held in-person and via a remote conferencing service.

  II.  Roll call

Members present:       Kris Kesterson - Chairperson, Kerry Dixon - Secretary (remote), Wayne Sims - Vice-Chairperson (remote), Marvin Schumacher, Kathleen Uehling, Justin Carleton, Craig Clabaugh and

Amy Infelt (remote)

Ms. Caroline Barrett, Assistant Attorney General, participated.

  III.  Approval of agenda

Ms. Dixon moved to approve the agenda. Mr. Schumacher seconded the motion. The Board approved it unanimously.

  IV.  Approval of minutes from July 13, 2021

Ms. Dixon moved to approve the minutes from July 13, 2021. Mr. Clabaugh seconded the motion and the board approved it unanimously.

  V.  Items for Action

  1. Waiver application from Jerry Hoefer on behalf of Runge Mortuary and Crematory and concerning non-elevator equipment in the machine room (E2021-011)

Mr. Jerry Hoefer, participated on behalf of Runge Mortuary and Crematory.  The building flooded multiple times and the control panel filled with water.  Installation of a sump in the machine room was the only feasible option to control the flooding. So far, it has worked.  They were unaware of the code problem. The location of the sump does not meet the minimum clearance from the power unit as the room is not large enough.  Ms. Kesterson felt that the owner did their due diligence in trying to find a solution given the limited space. 

Ms. Dixon moved to approve a variance for clearance around the oil reservoir and for non-elevator equipment in the machine room, with the condition that no other equipment unrelated to the elevator operation may be installed in the elevator machine room.  Mr. Clabaugh seconded the motion and the board approved unanimously.    

  1. Waiver application from Bradley Hickok on behalf of Hubbell Tower LP and concerning accessing the roof through the elevator machine room (E2021-012)

Mr. Brad Hickok, Hubbell Realty Property Manager, provided information about this variance to the board. Tom Stockdale of Hubbell Realty was also in attendance.  The special inspector stated roof access through the machine room must cease; however, there are no other feasible paths to the roof.  The owner needs access to the roof to work on telephone equipment, roof leaks, and HVAC equipment.

Ms. Dixon moved to approve the variance on the following conditions: 1) a chain link partition be provided to restrict access, and, 2) a secure gate with a type 1 security lock be added.

Mr. Schumacher seconded the motion.  Mr. Clabaugh abstained and the rest of the board approved.

  1. Waiver application from Jordan Newman on behalf of the Iowa State Education Association and concerning non-elevator equipment in the elevator machine room and clearance (E2021-013)

Mr. Jordan Newman, R&R Realty Property Manager, attended remotely and spoke to the board regarding this variance request. 

The machine room of this 1967 building contains non-compliant HVAC equipment and moving it is not feasible.  After discussion, Ms. Dixon moved to approve the variance on the following conditions: 1) a chain link divider shall be installed along the HVAC; 2) the disconnect must be moved to the strike side of the door on the inside of the room; and, 3) the door shall be changed to self-closing, self-locking with type 1 security hardware.

Mr. Schumacher seconded the motion.  Mr. Clabaugh abstained and the rest of the board approved.

  VI.  Division of Labor Report

Mr. Joe Mullen, manager for the Labor Division, provided today’s report on behalf of the Labor Commissioner. There is no additional information regarding board positions. The State Fair is done and was uneventful.

Ms. Uehling noted that the definition of “CEI” in the rules requires a different code reference. There will be a draft Notice of Intended Action at the next board meeting.

  VII.  Communications

None.

  VIII.  Next meeting dates

  • September 22, 2021 at 9:00 am – to be held in-person with a remote option
  • October 12, 2021 at 9:00 am – to be held in-person with a remote option

  IX.  Next meeting agenda

  • Notice of Intended Action regarding the CEI definition.

  X.  Public comments 

Mr. Mullen informed the board that the Governor’s Safety Conference will be held at Prairie Meadows on November 1 and 2.  Chuck Long, former Hawkeye player, will be the keynote speaker. It is the 50th anniversary of the conference. 

  XI.  Adjournment

Ms. Kesterson moved to adjourn the meeting. The board approved. The meeting adjourned at 9:48 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

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Ms. Kerry Dixon, Secretary