Auditor: 80% of elevators fail inspections
Large elevator companies are continually thumbing their noses at Ontario’s largely impotent safety authority, the province’s auditorgeneral has found.
In her annual report this week, Bonnie Lysyk said the Technical Standards and Safety Authority or TSSA lacks the tools to deal with the handful of giant companies that own much of the elevator-maintenance market but whose work consistently falls short — sometimes with disastrous consequences.
“The TSSA lacks strong enough enforcement powers to deal with the large elevator maintenance companies that for years have not maintained most of Ontario’s operating elevators in accordance with safety laws,” the auditor’s report states.
According to the report, the percentage of elevators and escalators failing their safety inspections has risen to above 80%. The report traces the high failure rate to a lack of maintenance work and safety testing.
“Maintenance companies are the primary cause of poor compliance,” the report states. “To win market share, these companies offer services at reduced rates, which in turn creates incentives for them to minimize time and effort dedicated to maintaining or fixing elevators.”
Although it does not name the company, the report is especially critical of multinational giant Thyssen-Krupp — responsible for maintaining about one quarter of all elevators in Ontario.
BONNIE LYSYK TSSA lacks enforcement powers