For any type of accessibility device, regular inspection and maintenance is crucial for the proper functioning. Elevator inspection services ensure that the device meets the safety rules and whether the equipment installed complies with prescribed design parameters.

According to a recent report published in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald, the State’s Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is continuing to smooth out the process of keeping elevators safe and up to code. An online system that will permit renewals and inspections is expected to be implemented by the end of the year. The major goal of the implementation of this new system is increased efficiency through technology. The department is working closely with Hawaii Information System to train staff to use the system.

As per DLIR statistics, last year about 54 percent of the Big Island’s elevators underwent inspections. In 2012, the department created a special fund within their budget specifically for elevator and boiler inspections. In addition, the number of state inspectors was also increased. In 2013, about 79 percent of elevators were inspected.

DLIR’s spokesman said, “The reduced uncertainty of applicable codes and the adoption of updated codes have led to significant increases in public safety and compliance with the codes and rules.”

From 2014 onwards, elevator permits were required to be posted inside the lift itself. Moreover, it was made mandatory for the equipment to be regularly inspected once in a year. Certain types of machines require 3 year or 5 year safety tests in addition to the annual permits.