Hospitals and medical facilities need to be especially vigilant when it comes to elevator and vertical transportation safety. If freight elevators, patient elevators and wheel chair lifts are not maintained and inspected regularly, malfunctions are more likely. This can make a difference of life or death.
Elevators that have broken alarm buttons, dirty pits, non-working phone or backup battery systems are a liability, no matter the industry. However, in a medical facility, it can have dire consequences.
Vertical transportation units, like all mechanical devices, need regular maintenance & safety inspections to reduce risks of dangerous breakdowns. Elevators, escalators, wheelchair lifts suffer wear and tear and, when not properly maintained, create disastrous risk factors that the medical industry should avoid at all costs.
In addition to regular maintenance, medical facilities should use a NAIC certified inspector in order to receive higher quality inspections, which can create a hazard assessment analysis to reduce liability. Liberty Elevator Experts’ team of consultants is properly** trained inspectors with valid background checks and security clearance.
Known Elevator Safety Issues:
- Faulty backup battery systems
- Defective hardware (can prevent doors from closing)
- Broken alarms
- Broken door-open buttons
- Overdue weight and fire-extinguisher tests
- Missing emergency-rescue, fire-service and machine-room keys (Cards and keys are important for accessing malfunctioning equipment and evacuating or rescuing passengers who might get trapped inside the lift.)
- Expired inspection certificates
- Expired or missing fire-safety cards
Liberty performs all State required inspections of all vertical transportation devices – elevators, escalators, material lifts, and wheel chair lifts in accordance with ASME A17.1 standards. Elevator inspections are imperative for the safety of the riding public.
All devices need inspections performed in the appropriate intervals. These intervals vary from state to state. Expired certificates and fire-safety cards may expose your medical facility to additional liability.