Platform Lifts – Health and Safety Executive – Safety alert

Platform Lifts – Health and Safety Executive – Safety alert

Platform Lifts (vertical lifting platforms or lifts for people with impaired mobility). Risk of falls from height to employees/workers and members of the public.
This Safety Notice is aimed at:

companies providing maintenance of platform lifts (vertical lifting platforms) and
owners/operators of such platform lifts used by people with impaired mobility, installed at their premises.

HSE is aware of a number of incidents involving tampering with safety devices or inappropriate maintenance of door switches or unlocking zone bypass switches during maintenance. Combined with deterioration of the doors and their hinges, landing doors have opened when the platform/lift car is not at that landing. This resulted in people potentially accessing the lift well when the lifting platform was not at the same floor level/landing. This has resulted in members of the public or workers falling down the open lift well or becoming trapped beneath a descending platform.read more