If you are a property owner that has a lift in your building, it’s absolutely essential to have it properly maintained. It’s your responsibility to ensure the safety of any residents or visitors and this includes the proper functioning and safety of the lift. Health and safety is a big source of concern for property owners nowadays due in large part to the increase of public liability claims. But, ensuring that your lift is correctly maintained, you can greatly reduce the likelihood of problems further down the line such as liability claims.
Proper lift maintenance should ensure that the lift provides adequate stability and strength so that users can travel on it safely without any risk of it breaking down. There are also a number of electronic components that need to be maintained to ensure that if functions properly. Sherdian Lifts will be able to ensure that all aspects of the lift functionality work well without any problems.
When carrying out lift maintenance, we often come across minor issues such as replacing bulbs and strengthening wires; a big part of lift maintenance is to ensure that small problems don’t turn into larger ones. This can be extremely beneficial for property owners since it often end up saving them a lot of money on large repairs that might need to be carried out further down the line.
What to Look for In Lift Maintenance Companies
When hiring a lift maintenance company to carry out inspections on your lift, it’s important to take certain factors into account so that you hire the best company possible. Some of the things you should look for in lift maintenance companies include:
Experience – Experience is one of the biggest considerations when looking for a lift maintenance company. It’s important to hire a company that has a great deal of experience in working on different types of lift configurations since no two will be exactly alike.
Reliability – Reliability is of course another key factor. Most businesses that have a presence online will encourage users to give feedback so it shouldn’t be too difficult to assess how reliable a company is. Social media accounts will also give you a good idea of how good a company is and how they respond to any negative feedback.
Health and Safety Requirements When you hire a lift maintenance company, it’s incredibly important that any work they carry out adheres to UK health and safety laws. These include:
- Health and Safety legislation, including the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1999 and the Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 (as amended).
- The Lifts Regulations 1997 and the Lifting Operation and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
- All relevant British and European lift maintenance standards including BS EN 81-1:1998 (Electric Lifts), BS EN 81-2:1998 (Hydraulic Lifts), prEN 81-28 (remote alarms on passenger and goods passenger lifts), prEN 81-70 (rules of accessibility of disabled people to lifts), prEN 81-73 (behaviour of lifts in the event of a fire).
- Building Regulations Part M “Access to and use of Buildings”.
- Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 and the Housing Acts 1985 and 1988.
- Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and 2005.