State reduces elevator inspection backlogUPDATED 8:03 PM HST Apr 10, 2014Video Transcript
Elementary will be back open. State inspectors have managed to chip away at a major backlog of annual elevator inspections ... That backlog of some 5- thousand cases has been reduced by about 30 percent according to the labor department. Officials say it is thanks to lawmakers who funded 10 additional hires last year. State Labor Director Dwight Takamine says the state was also woefully behind national safety standards. The safety code covering boiler sand elevators which had NOT been updated in 14 years-- is expected to go into effect in July ... But it could have some added cost to businesses. 4:25-4:37 "IT WILL MEAN SOME TRANSITION BECAUSE TO IMPORVE SAFETY THERE WILL BE SOME NEED FOR INVESTMMENT. SO, ALL THIS IS BEING DISCUSSED IN GENERAL MEETINGS WITH OUR PARTNERS," Takamine says the department is also moving toward a paperless system. He says the division has also become self-sustaining using fees generated by the permits, rather than relying on general fund money.