In November 2014 the Boston Globe reported that more than one third of the registered elevators in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts had expired inspection certificates.[i] According to the audit by the office of state Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, only 25,250 elevators, or 64 percent, of the 39,461 registered elevators had valid inspection certificates as of October 2012. Ms. Bump expressed disapproved of this finding, calling it “unacceptable” and called for a more rigorous standard of compliance.[ii]
Both inspected and uninspected elevators pose a serious safety risk to the residents and workers of Massachusetts. In May of 2014, a young woman was seriously injured when she fell two stories down an elevator shaft at Boston’s Fenway Park when she brushed up against a closed elevator door. She suffered severe injuries including traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, facial injuries, and dental injuries. The elevator’s inspection certificate was valid at the time.
According to a Consumer Watch report, elevator related injuries number about 10,200 per year, with 27 of those incidents resulting in death.[iii] The fact that some of these horrible incidents could be prevented if only building owners were more diligent in complying with applicable safety standards is simply unacceptable.
If you have been injured due to an incident involving an elevator or any other dangerous or defective product, do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced attorneys at Swartz & Lynch LLP. You may be entitled to compensation for the injuries you have incurred.
[i] Travis Anderson, “State Audit cites backlog in elevator inspections,” The Boston Globe, November 19th, 2014.