Au­di­tor: 80% of el­e­va­tors fail in­spec­tions

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - COLIN PERKEL

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

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