Hi, my name is Brooke, and I used to run the HR department in a factory. I filed a lot of injury reports and helped a tragic number of people make claims for workers' compensation or WorkCover. In many cases, the accidents involved convener belts. By seeing what not to do, I really learned what should be done in terms of conveyor safety. I love writing and wanted to convey some good will to the world through a blog – I also love puns. In this space, I plan to post on conveyor belt safety as well as other posts related to a range of industrial equipment. I hope these posts help to protect you and your workers.
You should choose an elevator with as many safety features as possible if you are shopping for an elevator to install in your building. This article discusses some of those very important safety features.
A Non-Skid Platform
You should select an elevator that is wheelchair friendly so that the disabled can comfortably get in and out of the elevator. One feature that enables wheelchair users to use that elevator is a non-skid platform. This platform is located in the middle of the elevator cabin. Wheelchair users navigate the wheelchair onto it so that the wheelchair is safe from skidding within the cabin. This removes any anxiety that the wheelchair-bound person could have had if he or she was in such a confined space and his or she wheelchair keeps skidding on the elevator floor.
An In-Cabin Phone
Some people look at this feature as a luxury, but it is an added security feature. An alarm button can alert technicians when someone is trapped in an elevator. An in-cabin telephone can be very useful in communicating the details of the condition of elevator occupants during an emergency such as when the elevator stalls between floors during a power blackout. The in-cabin phone can also be used to give instructions to elevator occupants about what to do to during a rescue attempt. For instance, they can be instructed to huddle together in one corner as rescuers drill an opening into the elevator. You should therefore look at the in-cabin phone as a safety feature and buy an elevator that has one.
A Chain Brake System
Some elevators can malfunction and hurtle down the elevator shaft towards the ground floor. Such a mishap can happen when the pulley system fails. To counter this eventuality, elevator manufacturers fit elevators with an emergency brake system called a slack chain braking system. This system is normally activated by pushing a special button placed within the elevator cabin. As you shop for elevators, focus on those that have this safety feature built into them. This will save you from the cost of retrofitting this feature later on.
Sensors on the Doors
Most lifts are now made with doors that close automatically. This can present a safety hazard since the doors may close when one of your legs is still outside the elevator or when a wheelchair has not fully entered the lift. The antidote to this danger is sensors in the doors. These sensors prevent the doors from closing if there is any object within the door area. Buy an elevator that has these door sensors.
The occupants of your building will have nothing to fear if you install an elevator that has all the safety features above. For more information on elevator safety features, contact an elevator specialist such as Forte Lift Services.Share