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House extends elevator fix timeline

Published (3/25/2011)
By Kris Berggren
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House approval was given to a bill that would give residential and commercial building owners more time to comply with federal elevator upgrades required to be completed by Jan. 29, 2012, or the elevator will be taken out of service.

Owners would have three years to implement changes after submitting their work plan to the Department of Labor and Industry. Passed 128-0 by the House March 21, HF664 now goes to the Senate where Sen. James Metzen (DFL-South St. Paul) is the sponsor.

If were delaying this compliance with the code are we in any danger of creating safety issues? said Rep. Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester).

We only have so many inspectors in the state of Minnesota, said Rep. Tom Hackbarth (R-Cedar), the bill sponsor. Weve only inspected a fraction of the elevators so far. He said the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul employ elevator inspectors as does the Department of Labor and Industry.

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