The A-Z of Elevator Safety Points

The installing contractor has a responsibility to give you a “tour” of your elevator prior to turnover. He must show and explain the use and operation of your elevator controls as well as alerting you to the potential hazards that may be encountered during use. He should review the safety notices in the Owner’s Manual with you at the same time. In addition, he should review the minimum maintenance requirements of your elevator in order to keep it in “like new” condition.

Ensure your installer points out and describes the following “A-to-Z” list for you, including, as applicable, its proper use and the hazards associated with improper use:

  • A The cab door or gate and its safety switch on your elevator cab.
  • B The landing doors and jambs and their electro-mechanical locking devices.
  • C The manual lowering device if your elevator is hydraulically driven.
  • D The manual hand crank on other types of drives.
  • E The rated capacity and the hazards of overloading your elevator.
  • F The cab or landing restricted access devices (key switches, etc.) where provided.
  • G Static and running clearances that exceed the code maximums.
  • H The hazards of disabling safety devices by the use or misuse of “jumpers”.
  • I Fuses and circuit breakers in your elevator controls and the main power supply.
  • J The hazards of accessing and entering the pit area.
  • K The hazards of accessing and stepping on and/or riding on the top of the car.
  • L The hazards of opening a landing door when the elevator is not present.
  • M The use of glass in the car interior.
  • N Adjustment of the elevator electrical controls and components by inexperienced persons
  • O Adjustment of the elevator machine controls and components by inexperienced persons
  • P The hazards of improper storage of non-elevator equipment in the machine area or room.
  • Q The importance of regular maintenance.
  • R Modifications to any part of the elevator by inexperienced persons.
  • S Proper use of cab operating controls.
  • T Proper use of landing operating controls.
  • U Emergency communication devices (telephone, audible alarm,etc.).
  • V Emergency Power Supply (Battery backup, etc.) (if provided).
  • W Emergency lighting in the cab (if provided).
  • X Emergency Battery Lowering (if provided).
  • Y Procedure for evacuating stranded passengers in an emergency.
  • Z Who to call in an emergency and the emergency numbers. It’s best to sign only with a company that offers “’round the clock” emergency service... breakdowns don’t happen at your convenience!

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