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NYC Elevator Repairmen Don’t Need A License; Quinn Calls It ‘Crazy’

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Elevator in New York City (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Elevator in New York City (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - There have been several deadly mishaps involving elevators in New York City of late and you might be surprised to learn that elevator repairmen in the city do not need a license.

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“Elevator repair people in New York City are not required to be licensed. That’s crazy when you think about what an enormous responsibility it is to repair elevators and the tragedies that can occur,” said City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Now the City Council is poised to do something about it.

One measure she says the council will pass will demand licensing of elevator repair personnel and add a national certificate requirement to local tests.

A second bill will require the installation of more safety technology on elevators.

Just last week, an elevator repairman was electrocuted while working in a midtown building.

Should elevator repair workers be licensed? Sound off in the comments section below!

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