Lift and escalator breakdowns can be unexpected and inconvenient and so we fully understand how imperative it is to get them back in working order as soon as possible.
When a breakdown occurs this can cause serious restrictions for your business and as a vital means of transportation, you may have residents, management teams, staff and customers who are reliant on them.
Lifts that are left unaddressed and out of order can cause serious safety issues. Our fully qualified engineers are locally based throughout the UK and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
In addition, the majority of our company vehicles are fitted with on-board workshops which can enable any minor lift repairs to be carried out on site by the engineer in attendance.
As independent premium lift and escalator specialists, we have established impeccable relationships with our supply chain of leading manufacturers and bespoke finishes fabricators who support us with fast turnarounds – in order to help get our customers moving again.
How to prevent lift breakdowns occurring and reduce the risk of accidents and litigation fees:
- Routine Maintenance:Having your lift routinely serviced is a legal requirement, it also ensures that your form of vertical transportation operates safely and smoothly – lessening any long-term costs, extending the time between call backs, increasing the reliability and reducing the risk of accidents incurring – all of which will ultimately prolong its lifespan.We offer maintenance, dedicated care and support on lifts and escalators throughout various business sectors, including commercial, corporate, hospitality, industrial, public, real estate, residential and retail.We work across all types of lifts, ranging from MRL, Electric, Traction, Hydraulic Passenger or Goods, Glass or Scenic lifts, platform lifts, dumb waiters, car lifts, mobility, dock leveller and scissor lifts. We also take care of escalators and moving walkways under our umbrella.We have a variety of different maintenance contracts to suit our client’s needs. All our maintenance contracts have been approved by The Lift and Escalator Association of which we hold full membership to.Many of our contracts also include comprehensive callouts and minor repair work, all covered under a one year warranty.Our in-house Service team are on hand between 08.00 and 17.00 Monday – Friday, please give us a call for free on 0800 448 8615 if you have any queries you would like to discuss.As part of our routine maintenance reports, our team of highly specialised service technicians will analyse the functionality of the various mechanical components, this will consist of but not be exclusive to:
- Ropes (drop down) A lift rope, cable or belt is what the lift travels up and down on. These must be routinely inspected and in good healthy working order and insulated appropriately.
- Lighting (drop down) car, shaft and emergency lighting is vital for health and safety, not only for the users of the lift but also for the engineer’s operating on them
- Wiring (drop down) Wiring systems must be compliant, all electrical systems installed must have the correct conductor or insulation to ensure there is no mechanical or electrical failings.
- Landing, Call push buttons & control panels (drop down) These signal and the direction the lift travels to the correct floor- if these are not functioning properly – it can lead to high traffic flow and confusion.
- Lift communication and alarm features (drop down) It’s of the utmost importance these are checked regularly to ensure the autodialler rings out to an active emergency line. This is the one functional site test which is safe for lift owners to undertake themselves and we encourage our clients to check them frequently in the event of an entrapment. If a trapping ever does occur, we aim for our engineers to be on-site within the hour to release the passengers.
- Car roof top and shaft clean down (drop down) This stops the build-up of dust and debris from accumulating, ensuring the lift is kept clean of any obstructions which may prevent it running appropriately.
- Lubrication of guides, screws, shoes (drop down) All these components helps with the smooth running of the lift
- Floor levelling (drop down) The lift threshold should always be at level with each floor it opens onto. Any variation is a health and safety risk and can cause a trip hazard
- Door clearances (drop down) The design of the lift and what it is intended for will restrict its use By law all door clearances must abide by certain measurements.
- Car motor (drop down) This is a unit that drives the lift, without one the lift would not operate. In traction lifts it is often referred to as the traction machine and in hydraulic lifts it is set with a motor, pump and valve block.
- Door tracks (drop down) Keeping the landing door tracks clear of any obstruction keeps the door mechanisms active, if the lift doors don’t close then the lift will not move.
- Door safety devices (drop down) These features are installed on lift doors to prevent any injuries by reversing the doors if an obstacle is detected, this could stem from an obstruction in the door tracks or people holding the doors open.
Statutory Lift Inspections:
Legislative examinations and requirements should be undertaken by an external persons or third party to avoid any conflict of interests.
Inspections take place in normal circumstances and can list defects ranging from A-C. Our clients work collaboratively with us and forward through the Insurance reports upon completion so we can ensure any defects are rectified or quoted for promptly and our records are also updated with respect to time frame expectations for the next insurance inspection.
In accordance with the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), specific types of transportation that move people or goods to different floor levels are not subject to LOLER’s requirements.
Although, if the item is being used at work for example an escalator and/or moving walkway, then the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), does come into power.
What is PUWER?
The Regulations stated under PUWER, place ownership and responsibility on people and companies who own or use this equipment, that it must be
- Suitable for the use it is intended for
- Regularly maintained and in a safe condition
- Regularly inspected for any signs of wear to ensure the equipment is functioning correctly and fir for purpose.
- Is installed correctly
- Adequate information and training on usage has taken place
- Health and Safety measures are abided to and equipment is appropriately labelled.
Other forms of vertical transportation, which have been installed in public places primarily for the use of customers outside of the working environment, must meet the requirements of all product supply legislation and have been designed in a safe manner. Stair lifts and mobility lifts are covered under the Supply or Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 and conventional passenger lifts must abide by the requirements of the Lifts Regulations 2016.
It is critical that building owners educate users on how to use the vertical transportation correctly. At VM Elevators we support and inform all our clients on how they can prevent breakdowns in the first instance.
More often than not breakdowns stem from misuse, examples can be overloading the lift threshold, knocking the door contacts out of place, or even tampering with the equipment.
Our Service and Repairs team train our clients in what to watch out for.
All lift and escalator equipment should be labelled with the appropriate safety signage, signaling areas off limit to unauthorised persons.
SAFed is the trade association dedicated to promoting safety and reducing accidents . It represents the UK independent engineering inspection and certification. Here at VM Elevators we are able to provide statutory and non-statutory examinations and inspection services to ensure they comply with national legislation standards. These can be requested to be undertaken as part of a PPM or Repair.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974:
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 applies to a vast number of businesses, including the Lift Industry.
Here at VM Elevators the protection of our engineers, our clients and the general public from any risk is of the utmost importance.
Before we undertake any work, due diligence is performed and thorough risk assessments are conducted to ensure the correct provisions are in place.
We hold full membership to The Lift and Escalator Association and strongly comply to their guidance and the completion of their annual Safety Charter regulations. Any work that’s being conducted can present elements of risk to those persons directly or indirectly involved. We are also members of the British Safety Council.
Legislation exists to ensure the correct parameters are in place to secure the welfare of the persons at work and others and protecting them via provisions. Our engineers are all armed with training, BS 7255 – Safe Working on Lifts and the ‘Site Safety Handbook’ – published by LEIA and updated periodically and safety refreshers to ensure they abide by the Acts within the HSW Legislation. We also conform to The British Standard BS 7255 Code of Practice for Safe working on lifts.
VM Elevators Lift and Escalator Repair Services:
Our technicians are fully qualified to cover any extensive repair work that cannot be rectified on an routine maintenance or callout, this may entail but not be exclusive to:
- Lift motor repairs
- Lift Floor levelling
- Lift Lock contacts repairs
- Lift Door contact repairs
- Lift Guide roller repairs
- Lift Door handle replacements
- Lift Control repairs
- Lift Gear Box repair
- Lift Motor Encoder repairs
- Lift Emergency lighting
- Lift motor room lighting
- Lift Shaft Lighting
- Lift LED upgrade shaft lighting and wiring
- Lift Safety Gears
- Lift Door Handle installation
Our Electrical Technicians offer:
- Lift Autodialler repairs
- Lift Autodialler keypad repairs
- Lift GSM unit installations
- Lift Wiring replacement
Our Roping specialists:
- Lift Roping
- Lift Re-Roping
- Lift overspeed governors repairs
- Lift Sheaves repairs
Our Hydraulic specialists:
- Hydraulic Lift Valve repairs
- Hydraulic RAM repairs
- Hydraulic Sealant repairs
Our Lift door team:
- Full overhaul of Lift Doors
- Realignment of Lift Doors
Our Escalator and moving walk way repair team can cover a vast amount of repairs including but not exclusive to:
- Escalator Step chain checks and replacements
- Escalator Handrail checks and replacements
- Escalator Running clearance examination of all moving parts
- Escalator Testing and examination of steps and step bearings
Our modernisation team can provide support on the upgrade of parts on existing lifts.
Our installation team can support with the installation of a new lift or the decommissioning of an old one.
All our work is carried out in accordance with BS-7255-2012.