Insparisk takes pride in offering Category 1 and Category 5 Witness Inspection services, commonly known as CAT 1 and CAT 5 Inspections, in strict adherence to the safety protocols mandated by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). These essential inspections ensure the reliable operation and safety of elevators in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings across the city.
Independent Witness Requirement
A distinctive feature of the CAT 1 & 5 Inspections is the mandatory presence of an independent witness. This third-party expert, well-versed in elevator technology and safety regulations, plays a crucial role in maintaining objectivity and thoroughness. Their observation ensures that the inspection is comprehensive and adheres to all relevant codes and standards, adding an extra layer of accountability to the process.
The CAT 1 Inspection Process
CAT1 witness testing is a vital annual requirement. Our licensed third-party inspectors, often accompanied by representatives from elevator maintenance companies, conduct meticulous examinations during the CAT 1 Inspection. Key components undergo thorough scrutiny, encompassing the verification of safety mechanisms, emergency operations, and the integrity of doors and signaling devices. Each element is scrutinized to ensure it operates within the manufacturer’s specifications and complies with the stringent safety standards set by the DOB.
The CAT 5 Inspection Process
This inspection is mandated to occur every five years and is more comprehensive than its annual counterpart, the CAT 1 Inspection. They are required either on or before the month of the final acceptance test for new elevators or the anniversary month of the last CAT 5 witnessing.
A CAT 5 Inspection is a rigorous and detailed examination required by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) to ensure elevator systems’ long-term safety and operational integrity.
A CAT 5 Inspection delves deep into the structural and mechanical aspects of an elevator system. It focuses on assessing the condition and performance of critical load-bearing components crucial for the safe operation of the elevator. This includes a thorough examination of hoist ropes, counterweights, guide rails, machine brakes, and other major mechanisms that bear the full load of the elevator during its operation.
Inspection Report and Compliance Documentation
Following the CAT 1 or Cat 5 third-party witness service, our inspectors prepare a detailed report documenting the elevator’s condition and identifying any discrepancies or deficiencies uncovered during the process. This comprehensive report is an official record submitted to the building owner and the DOB. In instances where issues are identified, the report provides a basis for necessary repairs or adjustments, facilitating a prompt resolution to maintain the elevator’s safety and reliability.