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Code Enforcement: Elevator Inspection

The City of Madison Fire Department created its Elevator Inspection Program in April, 2009 at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. The Unit is responsible for inspection of elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters and other lift devices regulated by the State Elevator Code. The following links provide information on our program.


  • Elevator A17-1 Category 1 Test
  • Elevator A17-1 Category 5 and Acceptance Test
  • Escalator A17-1 Category 1 Test
  • Platform Lift A18-1 Category 5 and Acceptance Test
  • Application for Review - Elevators, Escalators and Related Conveyances
  • Instructions for Completing Application
  • Initial Elevator Inspection Guidelines

Contact Information

James Ruszkowski
Elevator Code Enforcement Officer- Lead Worker
(608) 261-8027
Ronald Mueller
Elevator Code Enforcement Officer
(608) 261-8029
Jan Cramer
Elevator Code Enforcement Officer
(608) 261-8028
Ed Ruckriegel
Fire Marshal
(608) 266-4457

Safe Elevator Use Guidelines

The Elevator Inspection Unit offers these guidelines for safe use of elevators:
  • An overloaded elevator represents a unique hazard of brake slippage. Persons being evacuated from an overloaded elevator should be handled with care, in that no passenger or rescuer should stand partially in the elevator entranceway.
  • Take special care when entering and exiting a car because, particularly with older elevators, the cab might not be level with the landing.
  • Don’t try to stop an elevator’s doors from closing with your arm, hand or leg. Use the ’door open’ button or the hall buttons, which have been provided for this purpose.
  • Check the capacity of the elevator, which can be found posted inside the elevator.
  • If you find yourself stuck in an elevator, don’t panic, and don’t try to force your way out. You are safest in the car. More accidents happen when people try to self-evacuate from a stalled elevator that’s not at the landing. Use the emergency phone, ring the alarm and wait for help.
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