If you have an elevator in an apartment complex, retail store or any other property that you own, it is critical to keep it properly maintained. Doing so can avoid potential financial and legal penalties as well as other damages related to a tenant, guest or patron getting hurt. Let’s look at the standards that you must abide by to legally operate an elevator on a residential or commercial property.
It Must Be Inspected When Installed
When an elevator is installed, it must meet requirements set forth by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. It must also meet state and local building codes before it can transport people throughout the property. In addition to an installation inspection, it must generally be inspected on a yearly basis to ensure that it is safe to use. During this process, an inspector will check hoist cables, ensure that doors open and close properly and that the doors won’t open between floors.
Take Action Quickly
If an NYC elevator inspection provider says that there are problems with the elevator, it is important to take action quickly. A property owner could be negligent in an accident if he or she knew of dangerous conditions but failed to fix them. In some cases, simply trying to take action to fix a dangerous condition can reduce liability. You should also ask for feedback from employees or elevator riders to learn about potential problems so that they can be fixed before an accident happens.
Safety Should Be a Top Priority
It is critical that everyone who is on your property is safe and secure at all times. This is true whether that individual is a tenant, a guest at your hotel or an employee for your company. Doing so can avoid a costly lawsuit or the negative publicity that may come when someone is hurt or killed in your home or in a commercial building that you own.