It’s common for violations to occur during routine elevator inspections – but it doesn’t have to be that way. By knowing what the most common violations are during elevator inspections, you can address the issues and avoid having to pay fines. Here is our top 5 list of the most common elevator inspection violations:
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. Pride & Service mechanics are required to check the battery backup system twice per year and notify the customer if the system is not working.
2. Emergency Phones: Emergency phones are required to function. You can do a simple test 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. All new elevators require a phone and it must be of the “hands free” ADA type. It is very common for building owners or property managers to mistakenly cancel service on the elevator phone line as the years go on because they are not aware what the phone line is for. We recommend that this number be well documented in your office.
3. Monthly Fire Service Maintenance Log: A monthly test of the fire service function is required where an elevator is provided with fire service. A log of the the test results is required to be in the elevator machine room. The monthly test can be performed by a properly trained individual in the building. Fire service is very important in emergency situations because lives of first responders and occupants are at stake. Testing by qualified persons should be a priority and logs should be completely filled out monthly.
4. Door Restrictions: Elevators installed or substantially modernized under the 1984 or later elevator code are required to have restrictions installed on the car doors to prevent opening when the elevator is not at a landing. This equipment is required to be installed by a qualified elevator mechanic. These devices can be difficult to maintain, however they can save lives and should never be disabled.
5. Machine Room Fire Extinguisher: The machine room is required to have an ABC type fire extinguisher located in the machine and the tag must be current.
Make sure to give Pride and Service Elevator a call if you have any questions about your regular elevator inspections and how to avoid fines.