Your first reaction may be, “You mean right now they’re not?!” After three accidents, two of them fatal, in six months, the City Council is considering licensing elevator mechanics for the first time. The council is also considering a bill to require safety devices in some residential buildings to prevent elevators from skyrocketing to the ceiling. New York is among just 14 states that do not require that elevator technicians be licensed. Three-dozen other states already license elevator mechanics. According to the International Union of Elevator Constructors, 25 percent fewer elevator accidents occur in states where licensing and mandatory inspections are required. There are about 60,000 elevators in the city, and about four elevator fatalities a year. In 2011 in the city there were 43 elevator accidents, compared with 105 in 2007.