Ensuring safe passenger lifts

Most people at some time in their lives have used a passenger lift; this may have been in a hotel, shopping centre, office or some other public building.Passenger lifts are used dozens of time every day and carry varying numbers of people. Used over and over again, often for many years, it is essential that any elevator is maintained properly and that wear and tear is held in check.

The Lift Regulations 1997 were designed to ensure that basic safety standards are adhered to for all lifts which are put into buildings after this date. Now, all companies which install and maintain passenger lifts must abide by these regulations.

Other legislation such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) all require the regular appraisals and risk assessments of any lifts or lifting equipment that carry people. Every element of the lifting system should be examined from the suspension ropes to the doors.

Elevation Lift Services Limited ensure that any lifts or lifting equipment installed fully comply with all current regulations and have a policy of always keeping completely up to speed with any new regulations and directives.

It is essential that in any workplace, the person or persons responsible for lift safety ensure that robust record keeping procedures are in place with regards to lift examinations. Also lift manufacturing instructions should always be available to the relevant technicians. Any defects in the operation of a lift obviously demand a prompt and thorough response.

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