Health and safety is taken very seriously in the lift industry, which explains why lifts are considered the safest type of mechanical transportation. But, it is also important to remember that lifts also require regular maintenance in order to operate efficiently and safely. Even a little bit of neglect can have long-term consequences and this is something you should avoid because it can lead to dangerous accidents. Moreover, timely lift maintenance can reduce the downtime and also prolong their life. Here are some of the top tips for lift maintenance:
- Keep up with latest regulations
The rules and regulations regarding lift safety and operation are constantly evolving for improving the industry. The guidelines may be strict, but they are quite effective and can allow people to maintain safe lift systems. These regulations are usually concerned with the durability of doors, roofs and car walls as well as safety procedures in the case of fire or other problems.
- Be proactive
Like with other aspects of management, lift maintenance requires people to be proactive in order to keep lifts in top condition. Even though lift maintenance is not mandatory, it is still recommended that lifts be serviced on a monthly basis or even more frequently, depending on their usage. If the lifts are neglected, it can lead to long delays while you wait for repairs, cost a lot of money, prompt premature aging or even become a danger to the users.
- Planning maintenance
You should have a planned maintenance schedule agreed upon with your lift service provider. This will take into account suitable dates for servicing after considering elevator peak-times. You should also have a mobilization plan in place for covering any risk assessments along with any health and safety procedures related to lift maintenance. Consider the size of the building and the age of the lift when planning maintenance.