Elevator Safety Tips for Passengers, Workers and Building Owners

Elevators are one of the safest modes oftransportation today, yet accidents involving elevators kill over 25 people andinjure another 10,000 every year. Although movies and television usually depicthighly dangerous elevator failures, in reality it is quite different. Elevatorsare supported by several steel cables, each of which can alone support a fullyloaded elevator cab. So a falling elevator with screaming passengers in filmsis more fiction than fact. However, it is true that elevator failures can bedangerous in some cases.

Here we’re going to discuss the measuresthat should be taken and the best practices that should be followed by workers,riders, and owners to ensure their safety when working or using an elevator.

Elevator Safety Tips for Workers andBuilding Owners

Construction workers are at the highestrisk when it comes to elevator-related accidents. Almost half of the deaths inelevator-related accidents occur to individuals working on or near elevators.The most common elevator-related accidents are falls into elevator shaft, orworkers get struck by the counterweights or elevator car, or they get caughtbetween platforms or moving parts of the lift. To help prevent such injuriesand deaths, workers should take the following steps:

  • Always make sure workplaceprotective training and practices are adequate
  • Establish a confined-spacepermit-required program for elevator shafts
  • De-energize the electricalcircuits and lock out mechanical equipment when elevators are under repair orout of service
  • Provide sufficient fallprotection when mechanics are working in or near elevator shafts.
  • Establish an effectiveinspection and maintenance program
  • Always hire qualified repairworkers or companies for elevator repair and maintenance
  • Post elevator safety signs forfreight elevators, elevator shafts, counterweights, inspection tags, emergencyoperation etc.

Elevator Safety Tips for Passengers

When waiting for the elevator to arrive:

  • Look and keep an ear out forthe signal announcing your elevator’s arrival
  • Stand at a distance from the elevator’sdoor and stand aside to give way to exiting passengers
  • If the arriving elevator doesnot have space, wait for the next one.
  • Don’t try to manoeuvre in orstop the closing doors. Just wait for the next elevator to arrive.
  • Take the stairs in case of afire or any situation that could result in disruption of electrical services.

When boarding the elevator:

  • Give way to the exitingpassengers to leave before you enter the elevator.
  • Watch your step. The car cansometimes not be perfectly level with the floor.
  • Stand at a distance from theelevator’s door. Keep your carry-ons and clothes away from the opening.
  • Press and hold the “door open”button in case you want to hold the door open. You can also ask somebody else to press the button for you.
  • Never attempt to stop a closingdoor. Wait for the next car.

When riding in an elevator:

  • If available, hold thehandrail.
  • Try standing next to theelevator’s wall, if available.
  • Attentively listen to the floorannouncements and indications when provided
  • If the door does not openautomatically when the elevator stops, press the “door open” button.
  • Don’t panic if you findyourself stuck in the elevator. Push the elevator’s emergency contact button oralarm button to get help. Remember that elevators cars are “safe rooms”, andyou’re completely safe inside the elevator car. Calm and reassure anyone who ispanicking about being stuck in the elevator.

When exiting the elevator:

  • Don’t wait for others behindyou and exit at your floor immediately.
  • Never push the passengers infront of you when exiting the elevator. Wait for them to leave first.
  • Watch your step. The car cansometimes not be perfectly level with the floor.