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Category 1 Inspections – Are You Informed?


If you’re a board member, a building manager or just a unit owner of a typical New York City-area condo, chances are your building is equipped with elevators. Compliance codes can get very complicated for elevators. Not only are the codes complicated, but they are constantly being updated and modified. Board members and managers should have a qualified, licensed elevator company like Pride and Service to keep their elevator equipment up-to-code and in compliance.

New York City elevators have to have a basic test/inspection known as Category One every year and a more rigorous test known as Category 5 every five years.  A Category 1 inspection includes tests of all safety devices, all cables used for suspension, compensation and governors; the entire hoistway; clearances; alarms, communication devices and emergency lighting; and general housekeeping (the machine room, pit, top of the car).

If a Category 1 test turns up with a relatively minor problem, the elevator contractor has 45 business days to correct the condition and must file an “affirmation of correction.” In the event of a serious or hazardous condition, though, the elevator must be immediately removed from service, repaired, and restored to service only after it is retested and verified.

The paperwork for these annual inspections must be filed within 45 calendar days of the test. Inspection and test reporting must be signed by the maintenance contractor, the witnessing inspector, the agency director of witnessing inspector, and a representative from the building. Any violating conditions found on these annual inspections must be completed within 45 business days of the filing of the report. Fines up to $3,000 per elevator can be imposed if paper work is not filed on time or if violating conditions are not corrected.

With fines ranging up to $3,000 per elevator, one building with 4 elevators can be looking at $12,000 in violation fees. When these fines get overlooked and proper steps are not taken, over a few years these fines can double. Today, many building owners and managers are being blindsided by these fines. The fines have compiled over a few years and buildings now owe tens of thousands in fines. It is in the best interest of any building owner or manger to seek the services of an elevator company such as Pride and Service to help avoid these issues.

Pride and Service Elevator helps our customers avoid these fines by tracking each step of the testing process. We have an in-house administrator that dedicates her time to compliance. When a customer retains us to service their elevators we make it our duty to keep owners property managers and superintendents up to date with all aspects of their elevator equipment. Our goal is to provide our clients with the highest standards of service. We can take all your building’s elevator needs, and help you avoid heavy fines and violations

For more information about codes or inspections, please contact us today.


Elevator Safety Tips

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Though elevators are one of the safest forms of transportation, following simple guidelines can help further improve passenger safety. It’s important to not only know how to properly ride elevators, but also what to do if the elevator becomes stalled. Please reference the guidelines below for more information on both situations.

When you approach the elevator:

  1. Know your destination. Push the UP or DOWN button for the direction you want to go.
  2. Stand aside for exiting passengers.
  3. Wait for the next car if the elevator is full.
  4. Do not try to stop a closing door with anything including hands, feet, canes, ect. Wait for the next elevator.
  5. Take the stairs if there is a fire in the building.

When you enter and leave the elevator:

  1. Watch your step, and enter and exit carefully.
  2. Hold children and pets firmly.
  3. Stand clear of the doors, and keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
  4. Push and hold the Door Open button if doors need to be held open, or ask someone to push the button for you.

When riding on an elevator:

  1. Stand back from the doors.
  2. Hold onto the handrail if one is available.
  3. Pay attention to the floor indicators.
  4. If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, push the Door Open button.

What someone should do when an elevator stops between floors:

  1. Utilize the alarm button and wait for assistance.
  2. If a phone is available, follow instructions to summon help.
  3. Remain patient. There is plenty of air and the interior of the elevator is designed for passenger safety.

What someone should NOT do when an elevator stops between floors:

  1. Do not attempt to force the doors open.
  2. Do not attempt to leave the elevator. The elevator hatch is designed for professional personal who will provide assistance from the outside of the elevator cab.

Elevator Safety Inspections

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Elevators are among the most visible and highly utilized assets in buildings today.  They are the one system that tenants directly interact with. Their performance is part of the image of the facility and heavily influences the quality of the building as perceived by its tenants and visitors.

In today’s environment, it’s more critical than ever for a building’s elevators to operate at maximum uptime and efficiency, and that facility owners and managers are realizing value from their partnerships with their maintenance providers.

As more and more states look to the private sector to perform elevator inspections, our team of licensed elevator inspection experts have stood ready to provide comprehensive and professional elevator inspection services for all types of facilities and equipment. Each Pride and Service inspector is licensed and is familiar with all state and local codes and certification criteria.

Our straightforward pricing and unparalleled customer service provide peace of mind to the building owners and managers we service. Our experts guide you through the elevator inspection process, and advise you on how to correct violations. Beyond inspections, should the elevators in your facility need service or more complex modernization work; our local consultants can advise you as to the best course of action.

Here are some of the things we look for when we do safety inspections:

  • Is the elevator in good working order as it relates to: proper leveling, door reopening devices, button functioning, indicator lights, alarm bell, emergency telephone if available?
  • Is the floor in each elevator and hoistway area well-maintained and free of slipping hazards?
  • Is each elevator well-lit so that passengers can view misleveling easily?
  • Does the elevator have working emergency lightings?
  • Is the elevator clearly marked?

While reading the questions above, if in your head you answered NO to any of the questions – you should give Pride and Service a call for corrective action. If you believe that you have an unsafe condition, remove the elevator from service prior to calling us.

Elevator Safety Fact: the average industry waiting time for an elevator is 20 to 30 seconds. This is not a long period of time to wait in exchange for avoiding an injury.

For all your elevator needs, including safety inspections, call Pride and Service Elevator.