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Hall of Shame

Please note that all of the elevators depicted below have actually "passed" Acceptance and Annual Inspections in their various jurisdictions or by privately hired elevator inspectors. Do not be misled into thinking that because your elevator has been "inspected", that it must be operating safely and efficiently, and is code compliant.  Not all inspectors have the building owners' liability and the publics' safety in mind.  Also remember that not all elevator inspectors / consultants have extensive code knowledge and code resources, testing equipment, along with the experience and training necessary to properly identify and document elevator safety and code violations.

The purpose of this photo gallery is to demonstrate actual routine findings by our elevator inspectors and consultants. We will be updating this new feature frequently so please check back often!

Pool of Oil

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Hydraulic oil in the elevator pit. Code violation and dangerous for all personnel working on the elevator equipment. This is also a potential environmental contaminant. This is in violation of ASME A17.1 1206.2a. Hydraulic oil will penetrate concrete, seeping into the ground, requiring an environmental cleanup and removal of all contaminated soils.

Who needs a limit switch anyway?

elevator-photo3-smNotice that the roller is missing on the bottom switch. This could possibly render the limit switch ineffective. The limit switch is a safety device to stop the elevator if it travels beyond the top or bottom landing. This is a code violation, and a safety hazard which should have been repaired during routine elevator maintenance.

Pool with Water

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Water and hydraulic oil in the elevator pit. Code violation and dangerous for all personnel working on the elevator equipment. This is also a potential environmental and health concern for the building owners and occupants. This condition is also causing damage to the elevator equipment in the elevator pit.

For Use in an Emergency

elevator-photo2-smThis is what we found inside the emergency telephone box within this elevator. Imagine being the person stuck in this elevator! The building owners were not aware of liability issues and ADA code compliance. Elevator telephones are required by ADA and may not be greater than 48" above the floor.

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