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I used to be chief of inspections at a building department and the elevator inspectors are a hot commodity.  They must pass a hard test to get certified and go back for annual training and normally need to be a journeyman in the trade.  They are responsible to make sure people don’t get limbs cut off by elevators which does happens more often then buildings collapse.  The last guy I hired was a sharp cookie.


From: Kevin Polin [mailto:KevinPolin(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 3:26 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Elevator Sump Pit


Don’t give em to much credit down there…


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From: Haan, Scott M POA [mailto:Scott.M.Haan(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 8:29 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Elevator Sump Pit


Most building departments in decent sized cities have an elevator inspector on staff.  These guys normally know the codes very well.  I would call your building department and ask for the elevator inspector.


From: Daryl Richardson [mailto:h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 3:20 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Elevator Sump Pit




        I don't think the Architect is the correct person to ask regarding elevator pits.  You should be talking to the elevator supplier.  If that hasn't been determined yet I'd expect that most of the better elevator suppliers would be happy to talk to you regarding elevator requirements.


        I've seen many elevator foundations and most of them do not have special sumps; but this is Canada and codes are different.




H. Daryl Richardson

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From: Rich Lewis

Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 7:52 AM

Subject: Elevator Sump Pit


Are elevator sump pits mandatory by some code of the elevator industry?  I have a condition in expansive soil with a fully suspended floor system.  It would be easier to build an elevator pit on void forms without a sump pit.  The architect said he thought it was required by the elevator industry.  Does anybody have a reference where this would be required?  Neither he, nor I, have any elevator specific codes.  I would hate to detail it without a sump pit and then flunk final inspection.