The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the City of Chicago is short on staffing for elevator inspectors, and as a result, many elevators do not have current elevator safety inspections and other elevators with safety deficiencies are left in service. This increases the risk of an elevator accident due to poor manitenance. The article properly notes that many building owners keep their elevators well maintained and bring in crews regularly to do work on the elevators. This is in part to prevent suits for elevator accidents. It is important to know that the lack of inspections does not relieve the building owners and their contractors of the responsibility for making sure that elevators are in safe working order. In fact, building owners are considered common carriers as to elevator passengers. This means that they must exercise the highest degree of care for the safety of elevator passengers to make sure that there are no accidents. This strong legal standard creates a powerful incentive to be proactive in making sure that there is proper elevator maintenance.However, having city inspections are important to help assure the safety of people who use elevators in buildings where the owners are not as diligent in maintaining the elevators. The City of Chicago is leaving those people at risk by not having enough safety inspections of elevators.