Residents of tall buildings in Ontario have been experiencing problems in vertical transport. Elevators don’t get all the way to the top, there had been breakdowns, entrapments, and frequent maintenance issues, and these have been affecting the residents in high-rise condominiums, especially the elderly and mobility-challenged.
According to the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), there are more than 10,000 residential and institutional buildings in Ontario which have 20,000 elevators, and this number will continue to grow as more buildings are being constructed each year. In 2016 alone, it was reported that there were more than 9,600 elevator entrapments. Often, elevators are the only way for high-rise condominium residents to access their home and first responders to reach emergencies, and with maintenance issues and elevator delays happening across the province, this becomes a source of great frustration and inconvenience.
But this doesn’t only affect residents of tall buildings. Residents in senior homes who depend on elevators for efficient vertical transport for their daily activities are getting affected by this.
In some senior homes, elevators have completely broken down and are out of operation. This has caused difficulties and sometimes even additional expenses. Residents of these senior homes who usually get to dining rooms to eat have their meals coming to them. Those who go to other levels of the building to visit friends or go down to exercise have to resort to other activities that would not involve them using the stairs or the elevator. Others who go down for their medical appointments or to attend family gatherings have to be carried up and down the stairs. Seniors living in these homes are hoping that they would soon enjoy again strolling around the building and go up and down without any inconvenience.
Residents who rely on using the elevator are hopeful that elevator reliability would be restored and that this problem would be resolved soon.