The story appears on

Page A5

March 18, 2013

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Society

Elevator firm fails test of emergency response

A LOCAL elevator maintenance company was ordered to improve its emergency response time after a worker failed to arrive at a residential high-rise in 30 minutes to save a "trapped victim" during a surprise inspection yesterday, local quality watchdogs said.

Shanghai Leye Economic and Technical Co Ltd could have faced a fine ranging from 2,000 yuan (US$322) to 200,000 yuan if the emergency were real, said inspector Zhu Bing with the Zhabei District Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau.

Local media were invited to observe the surprise inspection at the Jingxingyuan Residential Complex at 9:20am yesterday.

Zhu and his colleagues checked the regular maintenance records of seven high-rise elevators in the complex and asked the property management team to call the elevator company and say a resident was trapped.

The maintenance worker, required to respond in no more than a half-hour, was 10 minutes late, which led to the corrective order.

Regulations also require that the elevator be maintained every 15 days. There are 28 basic maintenance checks, including lights, fans and emergency switches. The elevator should also be thoroughly checked once a year for functions such as traction and ability to make a three-party call on the elevator's phone.

Zhu suggested property management teams organize an emergency exercise at least twice a year to see if their elevator company is up to speed.

In yesterday's case, the complex has never encountered a malfunction since it was built in 2003, a point of pride for the property management team.

"Residents should be aware of safety. Once an elevator malfunctions, it's too late for regrets," Zhu said. Residents can check the safety inspection record posted in the elevator.

Shanghai Leye Economic and Technical Co Ltd has been on a blacklist of nine "poor" elevator maintenance companies, which made them an inspection target yesterday, Zhu said. "Poor" means the company scored low, but isn't deficient enough to have its license revoked.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend