2021 Elevator Safety Guide for Building Owners and Residents

Ready for an amazing safety statistic? 17,000 people get injured because of elevators a year. It’s a tragic loss with 30 people a year dying in an elevator.

Of course, we want to avoid any injury or death. But the number of injuries and deaths involved with elevators is astoundingly low, given their frequent use. There are more than 325 million daily riders across 700,000 elevators — this makes an elevator the safest mode of transportation in the USA.

Keep reading to find out how you can make it even safer!

Elevator Safety Depends on Audits and Maintenance

Aside from good modern elevator design, implementation of elevator safety devices, and following elevator safety requirements, you have to do maintenance and audit your safety measures.

Tools like AuditMate make it much easier to maintain those records and make sure it’s thorough.

Without thorough maintenance, for example, a catastrophic failure on a hydraulic elevator could cause a major environmental issue. Hydraulic fluid is oxidizing (corrosive) and toxic, including the fluid types elevators use, even if it’s called biodegradable.

Keep your elevators clean and, especially now, disinfected. Taking these extra precautions will give your riders the fresh breath of air that only safety can give. You can earn extra bonus points with a hand sanitizer bottle on every floor for passengers to use before pressing buttons.

The top elevator maintenance tips we can suggest are:

  • Do daily inspections and compare them to your logs
  • Keep a journal or log of elevator operational issues
  • Don’t neglect burned-out bulbs, even behind numbers
  • Clear your cleaning chemicals with your elevator contractor before using it
  • Don’t overload your elevator — ever

Elevator Safety For Passengers

There are a number of safety guidelines that the NEII (National Elevator Industry, Inc.) has for passengers. It outlines what passengers can do to remain safe when:

  • Waiting for elevators
  • Boarding elevators
  • Riding elevators
  • Exiting elevators
  • In the event of an emergency
  • Stalled in an elevator

It’s wise for passengers to read this in advance and to make it available, but it’s unlikely to get noticed until it’s too late. Still, having a copy available in the elevator, or at least a QR code and web address, will allow passengers to find out what to do in various situations.

Raising Awareness About Workplace Elevator Safety

Without you to do the maintenance, the elevator wouldn’t be safe and wouldn’t get too far. When you’re working on elevators, there are a lot of things to remember to do before you start your work.

  • Wear appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Make sure to de-energize the electrical circuits and equipment when it’s under repair or service
  • Once it’s de-energized, you must use an electrical lock-out
  • Establish a confined-space program for your elevator shafts
  • Fall protection is a must-have PPE
  • Only use a qualified repair company
  • Have appropriate, informative, and visible signage

The Doors Are Closing

Now that you’ve got a ton of elevator safety tips for management, riders, and workers, we’re sure you’ve got a lot to do. Don’t delay and get started now!

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