Thousands of Massachusetts elevators aren’t up to code

36% operate under expired inspection certificates

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A new audit by the State Department of Public Safety found thousands of elevators in Massachusetts operate under expired inspection certificates.

The report released by the Office of the State Auditor Tuesday analyzed data from 2012. Then, 36% of the more than 39,000 elevators in the state were not up to code. That’s up 6% from 2010. Under state law, elevators should be inspected every year.

“Definitely raises a lot of safety concerns, people using them, people who might be working in the buildings everyday,” said Kelly Wright, who is concerned for her own, and others safety. “You would think that a company would want them to be safe.”

Uninspected elevators aren’t just a safety risk, but also lost revenue to the Commonwealth. Elevator owners must submit an annual inspection application and fee to DPS. The department may have lost more than $3 million.

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