Trapped in a stuck elevator? The problem is worsening in Canada, experts warn
Canada, especially Toronto, is already plunging to an elevator crisis, experts say, with a large number of elevators in need of repairs, replacement.
Ben McIntyre, business manager for Local 50 of the International Union of Elevator Constructors in Ajax, Ont., said some landlords are simply unable or unwilling to spend the needed money. But the real problem, he said, is that routine maintenance has gone by the wayside as overloaded technicians attend to only the most pressing problems.
McIntyre also complains about the dominance of the few big players in the tight-knit industry.
“They really rule it with a tight fist and it’s all about bottom lines more than it is about customer satisfaction or for the riding public,” McIntyre said. “If they can cut a corner to make their bottom line look better ... they will. It’s only when an accident happens or something happens, then they start pointing fingers.”