For property owners and managers, it is vital to avoid elevator-related violations and to resolve them as soon as possible if and when they occur. The consequences of unresolved violations can be severe, including costly penalties, disruptive shut-downs and possible legal liabilities. It is equally vital to check whether there are any “violation skeletons in the closet” – old violations that may have been forgotten or ignored, certain to resurface and haunt later – which do not “go away” and must be addressed. To stay on top of this, it is important to be aware of the various issues and requirements surrounding violations, one’s own responsibilities, and what actions are best to be taken.
The Solution for Violation Avoidance & Management
A top priority is to proactively review one’s inspection paperwork, and, while this is the building owner’s/manager’s responsibility, today’s demanding life can easily cause this to be overlooked and lead to problems. Best practice, therefore, is to establish a program of inspections to stay on top of the issue.
How D&D can help!
- Conduct regularly-scheduled maintenance inspections to identify problems that can be corrected with minimal repairs and downtime, before they become major problems that can lead to violations and fines
- Carefully review and process all recommendations offered by D&D Elevator to remove existing violations
- Consider following all recommendations offered by D&D Elevator to improve your elevator’s service and reduce potential fines and liabilities
- For New York City properties, support registration of the building(s) with DOB NOW, the Department of Building’s self-service tool enabling Owners and Managers to conduct all business with the Department entirely online
- PVT VIOLATIONS (Private, also known as E-Elevator) are issued by third party elevator inspectors under contract with the Department of Buildings. Such violations are issued during routine inspections and can be hazardous or non-hazardous.
- ECB VIOLATIONS (Environmental Control Board) are issued by the Department when a property does not comply with the NYC Building Code and / or Zoning Resolution, or if a complaint is received by the City. There is an administrative court that provides hearings on violations issued by City agencies for "quality of life" infractions. ECB renders judgment and collects all penalties assessed at hearings.
- CATEGORY 1 Inspection is a no-load safety test of an elevator device that must be performed between January 1st and December 31st of each calendar year. The filing deadline is 60 days from Date-of-Test.
- CATEGORY 5 Inspection is a full-load and speed safety test that must be performed within five years from the month of issuance of a final certificate for a new elevator or within five years from the month of the most recent CAT-5 Inspection/Test on an existing elevator. A CAT-5 Test can only be filed as satisfactory and the filing deadline is 60 days from Date-of-Test. If the CAT-5 Test is found to be unsatisfactory during a testing process, the elevator must be shut down. If the CAT-5 Test is not done at the proper time, there is an automatic $5,000 penalty fine.
D&D Stands Ready to Help!
Call (914) 347-4344 to discuss how D&D can help bring you peace of mind by keeping your property free of violations, fines, legal jeopardy and disruption!