California's Department of Industrial Relations says it's revamping its database after NBC station KNTV of San Francisco reported over the weekend that hundreds of elevators in the Bay Area are running on expired inspection permits.
The region has only 26 inspectors to inspect about 32,000 elevators every year, the station reported after sifting through the database. More than 20 are in BART facilities alone.
The breakdown comes in scheduling. While the law says the state is supposed to inspect all of the elevators annually, inspectors can't actually start the process until the property owner takes the initiative to schedule the inspection. And once — if at all — that happens, it can be months before the inspections actually take place because of the shortage of inspectors.
The Industrial Relations Department says it hopes to have a fix in place by the end of the year.