Elevator Inspections Get Shaft

Sidestepping potentially embarrassing City Council hearings, Buildings Commissioner Joel Miele has quietly proposed eliminating city elevator inspections by changing internal departmental rules, City Limits Weekly has learned.Miele is pushing regulations which would allow private building owners to inspect their buildings themselves. In addition, he plans to increase the mandatory inspection period from eight months to two years — a threefold reduction in the frequency of inspections.

“It’s landlords inspecting their own elevators,” said Joe Corso, president of the Allied Building Inspectors international Union. “I feel it will have a strong impact on people in the city — safety can and will be compromised.” Attempts to contact a Department of Buildings spokesperson were not successful.


Reprinted with permission from City Limits Weekly.