The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. Founder David H. Perecman recently sat down with industry insiders to discuss New York’s newly passed Elevator Safety Act and its potential legal implications during an interview with Elevator World Inc.
The recently published Q&A focuses on the New York Elevator Safety Act, a bill recently signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in response to a fatal elevator accident that killed a man at the Manhattan Promenade tower on Third Avenue near East 25th.
Under the Act, the NY Labor Department will be required to license mechanics and other entities that oversee maintenance of the City’s 70,000 elevators, and implement more extensive training and education. The Act will also create a new regulatory and licensing panel, the Elevator Contractors and Elevator Safety and Standards Board. As Attorney David Perecman tells Elevator World in his interview, the new law and its newly created licensing requirements are long overdue:
“You need to be licensed to operate a motor vehicle. You certainly should be licensed to work on an elevator.”
Although safety advocates are glad to see the Governor’s endorsement, the Act will not take effect until 2022. As attorneys who represent victims injured in preventable elevator accidents across the City, we know that – delayed implementation aside – the new measure is a crucial step in the right direction.