ENSURE ELEVATOR SAFETY WITH EXPERT SERVICE SOLUTIONS
“Be Aware of Common Elevator Accidents; an elevator accident can lead to devastating injuries and even death.”
In today’s fast-paced world, elevators are both a convenience and a need. No other building accessory is as commonly utilised as an elevator. At home or at work, we can’t really imagine a day without it. In the hustle bustle of life, it’s essential to make sure safety is still a top priority in your building and elevator system.
Although television and movies usually dramatize dangerous elevator breakdowns, reality is quite different. Elevators are carried by multiple steel cables, each of which can sustain a fully loaded car. So a falling elevator car full of screaming passengers is more Hollywood fantasy than reality. Nonetheless, there are a few steps and recommended measures that owners, managers and riders should take to assist ensure their safety when using or working on an elevator.
According to Globe and Mail,
“In the past six years, six people have been killed and 1,225 people have been injured, including 69 permanently, in elevator mishaps in Ontario.”
Elevator Safety Tips for Owners
To prevent future elevator-related fatalities and injuries, employers should follow these steps.
Installation and maintenance
Elevator safety begins with ensuring that your elevator is professionally installed and maintained. As a result, you must enforce a strict testing and precautionary maintenance schedule for enhanced safety. In addition to preventative maintenance, you should contact a professional as soon as you feel your elevator requires service.
If you don’t have time for all this, you can simplify the process by integrating it with Maintenance Control Program (MCP), offered by Expert Service Solutions that can be managed with Mobile Office Manager.
Keep alarm button or emergency contact button operational
Being trapped in an elevator is one of the most unpleasant experiences. If the passenger is a youngster, a patient, or an elderly person, the consequences could be disastrous. The alarm system also prevents overweight circumstances, which is critical for the machine’s proper operation. Never ignore any problems with the alarm and emergency call buttons.
Safeguard Machine Room
“It is critical to keep the machine room dry and free of moisture, water, and dust.”
The machine room contains the machinery and electrical controls that power the elevator. In traction elevators, the room is above the hoist way. This is usually on a building’s rooftop or two stores above the highest store that the elevator serves. This task should be performed by the elevator engineer, who must ensure that the elevator is inspected on a monthly basis.
Make sure to have your elevator serviced often enough to keep the elevator car level with the floors it’s going to. This will reduce the risk of injury and discomfort caused by uneven ground. If you discover that the floor is not level, contact your elevator technician right away.
“Make sure you have enough elevators for your requirements and that they are all working efficiently enough so that riders do not have to overcrowd elevators.”
Ensure there is enough space for visitors waiting for the elevator to stand aside when passengers exit the elevator. Adequate room will make elevator unloading and reloading safe and easy.
Elevator Safety Tips for Riders
Whether you use an elevator at home or in a commercial building, it is important to follow the safety guidelines mentioned in this guide.
Never Overload the Lift
“Weight limits are typically displayed on a label inside and/or outside the elevator.”
Modern elevators have maximum weight capacity. It is an important safety aspect, and you must follow the guidelines. If you regularly use a lift, make sure you know its capacity.
Careful Entry and Exit
“Make sure you don’t run into the space between the two surfaces.”
Most people enter and exit the elevator casually, without looking around attentively. The next time you get in or exit an elevator, make sure to look at the floors to make sure they are even. It is common for people to fall because the floors are not level. If the doorway and elevator floors are not level, take care when stepping over.
Handling Emergency Situations
It is in your best interest to acquaint yourself with elevator emergency situations. Make sure the elevator has an emergency phone. Follow these guidelines to deal with several types of unexpected situations when inside an elevator:
- If the elevator stops, stay calm.
- You must never try to open the elevator door with your hands or climb out of the hatch with your hands.
- Make use of the emergency phone. The phone is normally set to call the elevator company automatically.
- The elevator may also include a help/alarm button.
- Never try to exit a stalled elevator. Wait for qualified help to arrive.
Stopping the Elevator
“Even if you’re inside and the doors aren’t opening, simply push the alarm button.”
You should only use the stop button in an emergency. Never try to stop a running car from the hall by opening the door. You can get hurt in the process. In older elevator systems, the doors may not retract automatically. When the doors are closing, let the elevator go and wait for the next one.
Call for Professional Help
If you hear any mechanical noises coming from the elevator, stop using it and contact the repair specialists. Such noises may be caused by wear and tear or damage to any of the moving parts. If the lift floor isn’t lined up with the hall floor, don’t use that lift. This could mean a problem with the brakes or cables.
ENSURE ELEVATOR SAFETY WITH EXPERT SERVICE SOLUTIONS
“ESS has software solutions, which brings efficiency to field and office.”
Elevator safety needs to be a top concern for your company. That is why it is critical to keep up with elevator maintenance, repairs, testing, violation removal, and modernisation opportunities. To collaborate with experts in elevator software management to ensure your elevator is safe as possible for all passengers, contact Expert Service Solutions!