Last month, ThyssenKrupp was convicted for elevator safety violations. The court found them guilty for not fulfilling maintenance requirements and putting the public at risk. “This accident occurred because of ThyssenKrupp’s negligence in fulfilling its contractual and regulatory obligations to maintain the elevator. It is unconscionable that an elevator contractor would compromise public safety by not replacing the drive sheave when it was badly worn. This is a very serious safety violation and the court’s guilty verdict sends a clear message to ThyssenKrupp and the elevator industry that TSSA will hold elevator companies accountable when they fail to complete required maintenance tasks”, said Roger Neate, TSSA’s Director of Elevating and Amusement Devices.
In October, elevators maintained by Fujitec were involved in a serious accident. Fujitec is the same company that was fined $500,000 in 2011 for an accident that occurred in 2006. This was the largest fine for a safety violation in the history of the Technical Standards and Safety Authority(TSSA). A TSSA investigation found three safety infractions, including putting into service an “unsafe elevator” and failing to inspect or examine an elevator at regular intervals. “The incident could have been entirely prevented and five passengers would not have had their lives upended had Fujitec followed the safety regulations and conducted proper elevator maintenance mandated in Ontario,” said Roland Hadaller, TSSA’s Director of Elevating Devices Safety at the time.
The job of the TSSA (Technical Standards & Safety Authority) is to examine elevating devices prior to start-up and periodically during operation to ensure compliance with the TSSA Act, Regulations and adopted safety codes and standards. Inspectors seek to control the public’s exposure to dangerous situations. If hazards exist, they evaluate the amount of risk it poses to the public and issue compliance orders to the owners/license holders of the device. In extremely hazardous situations, inspectors have the authority to remove the elevating device from operation.
No matter what city, province, state or country you live in, elevator contractors are responsible for following regulations, maintaining their elevators, and ensuring not only the public’s safety but their employees as well. A comprehensive elevator management software solution can help your elevator company provide the highest quality preventive maintenance program that will keep you compliant with regulations, keep your customers happy, increase your revenues and keep your elevators moving safely. With automatic alerts to notify you of your maintenance jobs, detailed checklists with tasks, all the historical data of previous work done and parts used, lists of all code required tests, and so much more, your elevator service company will always be organized, efficient and prepared for every maintenance job. With an all-inclusive elevator contractor software solution, implementing these programs has never been easier.
Contact FIELDBOSS and learn how automating your preventive maintenance programs will keep your elevators safe and your company compliant.