In Maryland Session, AOBA Fights Duplicative Elevator Testing

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AOBA was joined by other property management organizations in opposition to SB 1165, which would require a state inspector or third-party qualified inspector to be physically present to witness elevator tests in Maryland.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation has allowed for on-site post-test reviews of safety tests of elevators by qualified individuals for 20 years. Under this method, elevator inspectors arrive on-site after the safety tests have been conducted by appropriately licensed professionals, review safety test reports, conduct a visual inspection of the elevator and associated equipment, and complete the inspection.

SB 1165 represents a step backward in elevator safety as it would exacerbate the shortage of qualified inspectors and cause further delays in inspections. This bill would make those delays worse by increasing the time required for inspectors to verify safety tests. Scheduling the tests would also become more difficult by requiring the elevator mechanic, building maintenance staff, any fire specialists and an inspector to all assemble to witness an elevator test at the same day and time. Rather than performing several inspections in a day, inspectors would likely perform only one per day – increasing delays and costs.

The bill remains in the Senate Finance Committee as the 2016 session enters its final week. Members are encouraged to contact Ron Wineholt at rwineholt@aoba-metro.org for further information.