State Comptroller: NYC Has Dropped The Ball On Elevator Inspections

June 07, 2018 - 11:47 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- After several elevator accidents in the past few years, the New York state Comptroller’s office is checking up on elevator inspectors.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Sugerman reported, what they found is not encouraging.

If you ever get nervous riding in a New York City elevator, New York state Comptroller’s office audit director Ken Sifontes said, “You should be concerned.”

The Comptroller’s office conducted an audit of elevator inspections in the city, and what they found is a bit nerve-wracking.

"Inspections weren't properly carried out,” Sifontes said. “Some inspectors were completing their reports before they had actually inspected the elevators."

The Department of Buildings has only 48 inspectors on staff for 71,000 elevators, so they use private inspectors.

"All we can say is that they were not doing the job they should have been doing," Sifontes said.

In one sample of 12 elevators, inspectors overlooked problems in 11. Some got fired afterward, but the audit suggests forcing private firms to live up to city standards and to fine building owners if they do not let inspectors in.