Safety and operator responsibility

Make sure your system complies with current legislation.

Safety first! That’s why the minimum requirement is to meet current safety regulations. This task demands a high degree of expertise and responsibility.

We are familiar with the requirements and are happy to advise you and help clarify questions such as these:

  • What is your liability as operator or employer?
  • How safe is your elevator system – even if regular inspections show no defects?
  • What actions can you take to fulfill existing requirements and prevent hazards?

In the UK the key pieces of legislation that apply to operators of elevator systems are:

  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, which place a ‘duty of care’ on the operator to ensure that the equipment is safe.
  • The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, which stipulate the requirement to maintain equipment and have it regularly inspected.

However it is not enough to simply maintain existing equipment. Many older elevator systems do not meet modern standards and elevator operators must define potential hazards and risks associated with them. Were advances in equipment design can remove hazards, or reduce risk, then operators of such equipment have a duty to upgrade their systems to improve the safety of passengers.

thyssenkrupp can assist you, in your duties as an operator, by providing on site advice about any upgrades available for your elevator and discuss your options. We can help you with the evaluation of hazards so that you can prioritise and budget for upgrades.