How Often Does Your Lift Need Maintenance?
The lift is one of the most overlooked but important pieces of equipment in any building. Its condition and reliability are essential for the safety of all occupants, so it’s vital that you pay attention to when it needs maintenance. This article will examine how often a lift should be serviced to keep it running smoothly and safely.
We’ll discuss what should be done at each service and what to look out for so that you can ensure your lift is properly maintained. We’ll also explain why regular maintenance is important and how it can affect the longevity of your lift. With this information, you’ll be well-prepared to keep your lift in good working order. So let’s dive into the world of lift maintenance!
How often does my lift need maintenance?
Lift maintenance should be carried out at least once a year, or potentially more frequently if the lift is used extensively. Before each service, you should check for any signs of wear and tear on the panels and doors, as well as any problems with cables or pulleys regularly. If you find anything that looks like it needs repair, call a professional to have it fixed immediately.
What does a service entail?
During a lift service, a qualified technician, known as the ‘competent person’ will inspect the lift and its components to make sure everything is working correctly. They’ll also check for any signs of wear or damage, lubricate moving parts, tighten bolts and screws, and ensure all safety features are functioning properly. If necessary, they’ll replace any worn out parts and may even perform some minor repairs.
Why does my lift need maintenance?
Regular maintenance is important because it helps to prolong the life of your lift, which if maintained properly should have a life expectancy of around 20 years. It can also help prevent breakdowns and malfunctions, keeping your lift running smoothly and safely. Regular servicing can also help to identify any potential problems early, so you can address them before they become more severe.
If your lift is used frequently in an industrial or commercial setting, you should also consider having a professional inspect it at least once every six months. Regular inspections will allow you to spot any potential problems early on before they become more serious. Doing so can save time, money, and potential injury in the long run.
What are LOLER regulations?
LOLER regulations are a set of requirements that all employees must follow if they have control over any lifting equipment. It states that thorough inspections should be carried out by a competent person, providing an overview of the condition of any lifting equipment. The Health & Safety Executive can ask for the reports whenever they ask and failing to meet LOLER regulations can result in substantial fines or imprisonment. It is important to note that service reports or weight tests are not the same as “Thorough Examination Reports”.
In conclusion, regular maintenance is essential to keeping your lift in good working order and preventing breakdowns or malfunctions. Make sure you get a service at least once a year, and if you notice any signs of wear or damage, contact a professional right away. With proper servicing and care, your lift will keep running safely for years to come.
If you need help with any aspect of lift maintenance or repair, don’t hesitate to call in a qualified technician. Future Lift Services can provide professional advice and carry out any necessary repairs quickly and efficiently.