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October 4, 2010

 

DiNapoli's Office Completes Audit of Enforcement of Elevator And Related Equipment in Six Cities Across New York State



New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced his office completed the audit: Enforcement of Elevator and Related Equipment Inspections. The audit examined the cities of Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Poughkeepsie, Troy and Utica.

“My office’s audits of local governments improve their financial management practices,” DiNapoli said. “These audits are tools for local officials to make sure proper policies and procedures are in place to protect taxpayer dollars. Five of the six cities audited did not ensure that public elevators and related equipment were inspected as required by the Code. This jeopardizes public safety due to potentially unsafe elevators and related equipment. The cities must do better.”

DiNapoli’s auditors found that Buffalo has a tracking system in place and successfully enforces compliance with the Code. While not in compliance, Elmira verifies that building owners provide for annual on-site inspections (the Code requires inspections every six months).

However, DiNapoli’s auditors found that the remaining four cities (Binghamton, Poughkeepsie, Troy and Utica) are not ensuring that property owners have their elevators and related equipment properly inspected and/or tested in accordance with Code. In these four cities, only 63 of 213 (30 percent) of the elevators tested were QEI-inspected; none of the elevators in these cities’ municipal buildings were inspected.

Auditors from DiNapoli’s office attribute this significant rate of non-compliance to the fact that these cities do not have systems in place to inventory and track all elevators and related equipment subject to inspection, and to monitor compliance with the Code’s testing requirements. Consequently, these municipal officials do not know if the majority of the elevators and related equipment in their cities are safe to use.

Click here for a copy of the complete audit report.

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