D&D Elevator on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 12:00:00 am
As a building owner or manager, regular elevator inspections are a fact of life, designed to help you keep your equipment running reliably and above all safely. Allowing your elevators to fall into disrepair or an unsafe operating condition can be dangerous, disruptive, and extremely costly in terms of dollar expense, tenant satisfaction and the reputation of your property. In some cases it can subject you to code violations, fines and possible legal exposure. Avoiding this is not only good business but relatively simple to do.
The purpose of regular inspections is to ensure that all components of your elevator system are working properly, and to bring about safe operation of those that are not. Let’s take a look at some of the things on which an elevator inspector will typically focus:
The inspector will conduct an overview of all key parts of your elevators, focusing on safety rather than esthetics. System components such as doors and control panels need not be visually perfect and will pass the inspection provided they are safe. Components found to be unsafe will cause an inspection failure.
Many times neglected/overlooked by building owners, a non-working alarm bell is cause for inspection failures
Perhaps the most common reason for inspection failure is not maintaining a constantly-operating outside phone line; this is vital to the safety and comfort of passengers during shutdowns, fires and other entrapment emergencies. Not only will this cause inspection failure, it leaves you open to possibly very serious problems if the phone is inoperable during an emergency.
Speaking of fire, the inspector will check that your equipment’s fire testing log is completely current and will almost certainly issue a failure if it is not.
The inspector will check that your elevator certificates are in the cab, or at least easily accessible on your premises.
Here you have the “mothers of all tests” during safety inspections: load tests on traction systems and pressure tests on hydraulic elevators. These are conducted to ensure that your elevators remain up-to-spec and capable of safely transporting the passengers or freight for which they were originally designed and approved.
If you have had any issues arise during an inspection to cause failure, to avoid penalties you have only a limited amount of time to correct the issue and submit an Affirmation of Correction. D&D will assist you in this process and get you quickly into compliance.
But, regularly-scheduled maintenance is the best way to avoid such problems, keep your elevator up-time high and your expenses minimal. Our experts will keep your equipment up-to-par and you always prepared for safety inspections.
For help evaluating your elevator system and the best course of action going forward, call our friendly team at (914) 347-4344 or email Support@DDElevator.com