Two elevator permits have expired since June 2019 in the Mesa Humanities and Multicultural Sciences Building (G Building) and Student Services Center (I-400), respectively, as confirmed by the Industrial Relations Department of the State of California.
Both permits indicate that the last inspection date was June 8, 2018 and expire exactly one year later. Permits are prominently displayed inside every elevator as required by law, although most students and faculty do not take the time to inspect elevator permits.
Despite the expired permits, the elevators operated, at least until the campus closed on March 23 due to COVID-19. The California State Department of Industrial Relations clarified in an email that the elevator permit alone does not determine the safety of the elevator. “The most important factor in determining the safety of elevators is whether the owner of the conveyance has contracted with a competent elevator maintenance supplier,” wrote the California State Department of Industrial Relations. in an email.
Mesa’s vice president of back office Lorenze Legaspi wrote in an email that back office has every Mesa elevator serviced and inspected once a month by an outside elevator company, 24 Hour Elevator. The California State Elevator Unit is usually late in updating permits, resulting in a delay in renewing expired elevator permits, Legaspi explained. “Due to the backlog of the elevator unit, these inspections have not been completed on time for quite some time (mentioned facilities several years),” wrote Legaspi, referring to the SDCCD facilities department. .
Many language courses take place in building G as well as dozens of humanities professors’ offices. This is also where the Black Studies and Chicano department resides, as well as the newsroom for The Mesa Press. The Student Services Center elevator serves students who wish to be transported to counseling desks on the third floor or down to the Mesa financial aid office on the first floor. Student Justin Choi, who took classes in the G building, expressed concern when he heard about the expired elevator permits: “Given this information, it certainly makes me wonder why this is. the case. Quality elevator maintenance would certainly be a priority for my safety as a student on campus, and if not having an appropriate license to work on elevator maintenance compromises this, then I would definitely be concerned about it. my safety and the person in charge of that decision, ”Choi said.
The elevators in Building G are the original elevators dating from around 2002 to 2003 when the building was constructed, making them around 17 to 18 years old, according to the SDCCD Facilities Services Department.
While lazily looking at one of these permits in an elevator on the way to a counseling appointment, none of this basic information is disclosed to students. What is only visible is that the elevator was last inspected two years ago and the permit expired one year ago. The campus has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but when on-site classes resume, will students feel safe in elevators with expired permits?