Audit Finds MD Labor Dept. Not Performing Timely Elevator, Boiler Inspections

The Maryland Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation is not performing timely safety checks for elevators, pressure vessels and boilers in accordance with state law, says a legislative audit.

According to the latest report from the Office of Legislative Audits, the Division of Labor and Industry (DLI)did not perform safety inspections of boilers, pressure vessels, and elevators timely as required by State law. Specifically, as of June 6, 2011, inspections for 2,933 of the 52,939 boilers and pressure vessels were overdue for periods ranging from 3 months to more than 5 years. In addition, the inspections for 1,549 of 21,299 elevators were overdue for periods ranging from 3 months to 4 years.”

The report noted that DLI had reduced the inspection backlog.

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The audit also found that DLI has not established comprehensive procedures for monitoring employer payrolls for enforcing the state’s prevailing wage law, and that the department is not depositing and verifying cash receipts in a timely manner. Auditors discovered that verification of some deposits was not performed until 23-76 days after deposit.

Read the entire audit report here.

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