Posts made in March, 2010

10 Common Issues Found During Elevator Inspections

#1.  Emergency Car Lighting and Communication It is very common for the battery back-up-system which is used for elevator cab lighting and the emergency bell to go bad. This is very simple for your elevator maintenance contractor to check and it’s a good idea to ask them to show you how you can easily check it too. Emergency phones, where installed, are required to function. A simple test can be performed by pushing the call button (or picking up the receiver) to verify that there is someone on the other end capable of taking appropriate action in case of an emergency. Phones may be required in existing cars that do not currently have them if there is a possibility that someone could be trapped in the car at anytime and have a need to get help. #2.  Housekeeping in the Machine Room and the Pit (CEC CAN RESOLVE THIS ISSUE) Elevator machine rooms are required to house only that equipment directly related to the elevator. It is all too easy to use the elevator machine room for a storage place. A simple check to make sure that non-elevator related materials, not in the machine room can save you a violation later.  The pit is required to be kept clean; leaking oil, accumulation of water, and general litter are common violations in pits. Another common violation is a trip hazard such as sump pump wells without proper covers.  A walkthrough of the machine room and a look at the pit with your elevator contractor is an easy way to prevent these common violations. #3.  Signs A sign is required outside of each elevator landing that says “IN FIRE EMERGENCY, DO NOT USE ELEVATOR. USE EXIT STAIRS.”  Additionally, where fire service key switches are provided either in the lobby and/or in the car, instructions are required.  These signs should be available from your elevator maintenance company for a reasonable fee.  Some locations are prone to vandalism. In such cases, vandal resistant signs can also be made available. #4. GFCI Outlets and Lighting (CEC CAN RESOLVE THIS ISSUE) All machine rooms and elevator pits require lighting that is protected against breakage. Lighting is required to be accessible from the entrances of both pits and the machine room. Also, pits and machine rooms are required to have a convenience outlet that has a GFCI circuit breaker built in.  This work is generally provided by a qualified electrician, your elevator company, and access to the elevator shaft is provided by your elevator maintenance company. #5.  Hoistway Door Indications (CEC CAN RESOLVE THIS ISSUE) The hoistway doors are required to have indications on the shaft side of the elevator which indicates the floor that the doors are located on. (I.E. Ground, First, Second). This work can be done by your elevator maintenance company or similar service. #6.  Monthly Fire Service Maintenance Log Where an elevator is provided with fire service, a monthly test of the fire service function is required. A log of the finding of those tests is required to be in the elevator machine room. The monthly test can be performed by your elevator maintenance company, or they may be able to train an individual within the building to perform the tests and be responsible to maintain the fire service log. #7.  Door Restrictors Elevators installed or substantially modernized after 1982 are required to have restrictions installed on the car doors to prevent opening when the elevator is not at a landing. This work is required to be performed by a qualified elevator installer. #8.  Machine Room Door and Fire Extinguisher (CEC CAN...

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