Tennessee hires first female elevator inspector

Contributed Photo Newly hired inspector Laralyn Drew works with inspector Bob Graham in the elevator room of a Nashville hotel.

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has hired their firstfemale elevator inspector.

The TDLWD says they have hired four new elevator inspectors.

They say this includes the first female elevator inspector in the state's history.

The department says with the addition of the four new positions, the state now has 27 field inspectors and one supervisor in the elevator unit.

The TDLWD's Division of Workplace Regulations and Compliance is responsible for inspecting more than 13,300 elevators across the state of Tennessee.

Each of the state's inspectors is responsible for overseeing 500 elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters, wheelchair lifts, moving walkways, tramways and ski lifts for compliance with safety code.

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.

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