In buildings, it is true that the property managers are to make sure that the elevators, escalators, lifts, dumbwaiters, etc., also referred to as vertical transportation, are receiving maintenance services. But, as one of the top elevator consulting firms in the United States, we beg to differ. Let’s explore the issue of who’s responsible, and provide some tips for building owners, property managers, and even facility managers when it comes to who’s responsible.
First and foremost, the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevator and Escalator Safety code states that this responsibility falls on the building owner. (See: https://www.asme.org/products/codes-standards/a171csa-b44-2016-safety-code-elevators-escalators).
The problem becomes one of “who’s responsible,” and it can be quite dangerous if one party thinks the other is responsible, or the party that is truly responsible isn’t protecting its interests.
In short, often the building owner keeps assuming the property manager is responsible. The property manager typically assumes that the elevator service provider is responsible. It is true that minor repairs or ones recurring in nature are typically handled by the property manager without the approval of the building owner. It is common for the elevator companies or the property managers to allocate these repairs over a projected timeframe to avoid a capital expense. In the event that there is a capital improvement the building owner gets involved and usually works with the property manager on a plan.
Both recurring and capital expenses can be avoided and eliminated if ownership takes responsibility. A building owner can decrease cost by understanding their vertical transportation while being code compliant and mitigating risk. The code has evolved and the code committee has become aware that the property managers and facility managers are not the ones responsible for the buildings vertical transportation. ASME A17.1/CSA B44 Safety Code for Elevator and Escalator Safety code has recently stated that it is the “owners” responsibility to ensure that the vertical transportation equipment is being properly maintained.
This can be a “wake up call” for building owners. As one of the leading elevator consulting and vertical transportation consulting firms in the United States, we can help building owners to get their houses, and their elevators, in order. Reach out to us for a consultation on your elevator consulting needs today.