June 15, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Albany, NY – Union elevator constructors and state legislators rallied outside the state capitol here June 9, demanding that the legislature pass a law requiring elevator-building and repair contractors to be licensed and workers to go through certified training.
Eight people—four passengers and four repair workers—have died in defective elevators in New York in the last year, Lenny Legotte, president of Local One of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, told the crowd. “Six of the eight contractors did not participate in training,” he said. “Let’s think about that.” "We see a lot of novice installers—a lot of people who aren't instructed, who have no idea about safety," said longtime elevator repair worker Vincent Towers, a National Elevator Industry Education Program instructor. “It’s about time for something like this.” The Assembly has passed the Elevator Safety Act every year since 2013, but the bill has never reached the floor in the state Senate. "Elevators are very complex electrical and mechanical pieces of equipment," said Assemblymember Harry Bronson (D-Rochester). “And people need to know how to work on that equipment.” Read more