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City mulls rules for elevator safety

NEGLIGENCE, lack of funds and unclear responsibility are problems threatening the safety of residential elevators in Shanghai and authorities are tackling the problems after several elevator accidents hit the headlines.
They are working on rules to specify who are responsible for elevator maintenance and who should pay the bill, the property management company or the residents themselves, according to Huang Xiaolu, director of Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau.
Authorities will upgrade elevators already in service for more than 15 years, raise the skills of maintenance workers, and scrutinize key components of elevators. Shanghai now has 287 maintenance companies that service 160,000 elevators.
The latest elevator accident happened six days ago when a 24-year-old intern nurse was killed by a malfunctioning elevator in a hospital in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province.
Huang said Shanghai is drafting standards for replacement of elevator components and they are expected to be issued in the second half of this year


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