State reduces elevator inspection backlogState inspectors have managed to chip away at a major backlog of annual elevator inspections.
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That backlog of some five 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.
"It will mean some transition because to improve safety there will be some need for investment. So, all this is being discussed in general meetings with our partners," said Takamine.
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.