We are getting involved with larger projects that the elevator is a small portion of the overall project. During the last 5 years we have seen time and time again that a general contractor may opt to have their demolition company remove the elevator system. This is a dangerous spot to put the demolition contractor as well as puts the building owner in a peculiar position. All work inside the elevator shaft should be completed by elevator contractors and trained elevator personnel.
Case 1 – There was a building that I went to where the demo team removed the elevators but they forgot to secure the hoistway so there are fall hazards in a building that did not have power. The fall hazard was about 50'.
Case 2 – There was a building that was going to have a demo contractor remove the freight elevator. The bi parting doors are in the open position.
Both of these scenarios are not safe and should not be completed. If you are a general contractor or construction manager, an elevator company may be a bit more expensive than your demo team but they will be 100% safer.