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Jul 2, 2013 5:25 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates: Expired Inspection Certificates on City Elevators

CORPUS CHRISTI - A viewer called in to 6 News concerned about the elevator at the Corpus Christi Science Museum. Turns out the elevator has an expired inspection certificate.

We did some checking, and found a number of city elevators have expired certificates.

But as we found out, an expired certificate doesn't always mean an elevator hasn't been inspected.

There are a number of things that happen between the time and elevator is inspected, and the time it receives it's new certificate.

In fact, the City says it can take months for a certificate to come in.

The Texas Department of Licensing does the inspections, checking things like the door sensor, the emergency call system, and making sure the elevator is level.

And that's just the beginning, because the inspector has 10 days to finish the report, then they have to check discrepencies, then the owner has 60 days to file the paperwork, etc.

Bottom line, by the time it's all said and done, you can be several months removed from the actual inspection date.

And that's exactly the case with the Corpus Christi Science Museum and numerous other City elevators around town. Bureaucratic red tape disguising the fact that an elevator got inspected, but doesn't show it.

They City says minor problems are tolerated, but repeat violations, and major violations mean an elevator gets shut down immediately.

So, there's very little chance you'd get in an elevator with a major problem.

Still, it's probably a good idea to give that inspection certificate a glance next time you get in an elevator.

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