Amongst the huge array of things that many are afraid of, a phobia of lifts is actually one of the most common. Whilst being suspended in a metallic box 25 floors off the ground can definitely make for an uncomfortable experience for some, the fear itself is relatively unfounded. Indeed, lifts are one of the safest modes of transport in the world and accidents are extremely rare.
This is of course primarily down to the excellent work carried out by lift installation companies who utilise the wide range of safety and design features to ensure that your lift runs efficiently and remains a comfortable ride for your passengers. However, much like all equipment that sees a lot of use, lifts are subject to wear and tear.
With this in mind, it is essential that you look to have your lift periodically checked to ensure it is functioning properly and safely. However, aside from the legal requirements, there are actually a host of advantages to having your elevator regularly maintained. Whether you’re looking to provide a more comfortable ride for passengers or simply protect your profits, read on to discover why employing a reputable lift maintenance company is crucial to your business’s success.
For pretty much all businesses, one of the main challenges to contend with is customer retention and it only takes what may seem like an insignificant issue for your operation to haemorrhage your customer base – this is no different when operating a lift in your business.
For example, if some of your customers rely on a lift to access higher floors, it is essential that your elevator is working properly. If not, members of your client base can rightfully become frustrated and take their business elsewhere or, in the worst cases, sue your operation for not providing ample transport for those in need.
On a less serious level, however, not having a comfortable lift for passengers to use can end up driving custom away in the long run as well. Lifts that rumble and shake or have flickering lights do not paint a particularly positive brand image, so it can pay dividends to enlist the help of a lift maintenance company.
Lift repair and the law
Although lifts are one of the safest modes of transport we have, without proper maintenance, you are putting your passengers at risk. With this in mind, there are a multitude of legal requirements that you must comply with in order to both create a safe environment for passengers and remain on the right side of the law.
The main piece of legislation that covers lift maintenance is known as the Lift Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). One of the main caveats of LOLER is that, as the owner of the lift, you are required to take all of the necessary precautions to minimise the risk of injury or death.
This means that you are, by law, required to carry out all of the necessary inspections and thorough examinations both before installation and at regular intervals during the lifts operational lifespan.
A thorough installation has to be undertaken by a ‘competent person’ which the LOLER Approved Code of Practice and guidance states is someone with the “appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment” to ensure the lift runs safely.
Therefore, a reputable lift company is crucial in remaining compliant as they have the skills and experience to ensure your lift is running to spec.
If you own an older building, it might be the case that your lift is a little outdated. Over the years, lift design has incorporated a variety of innovative ideas into its units, making older models seem rickety in comparison.
Of course, the idea of swapping out your elevator for a completely new model is most likely not a viable option if money is tight. However, there are other options such as the process of lift modernisation.
Lift installation companies can offer a variety of benefits through a well-executed lift modernisation. For example, modernising your lift can deal with issues such as excess electromagnetic noise which can affect the computers used to control the lift.
Modernisation can also make your lift much more energy efficient as innovative technologies now allow more energy to be transferred back into the building rather than dissipating through heat loss. This can be especially beneficial to those looking to lower the energy bills.
Aside from this, there are a variety of components in a lift that can be easily replaced by a quality lift manufacturer and an inspection by a reputable technician will help you to see where your lift can be modernised.
Lift services can help save you money
Cost is always going to be a deciding factor for a business and you may be thinking about how enlisting the help of a professional lift maintenance company can help save you money.
As we’ve already mentioned, lift modernisation can utilise new technologies to make your lift a more efficient and thus more cost-effective unit. However, regular maintenance helps save money primarily through diagnosing problems before they become more severe.
Major repairs on lifts legally cannot be ignored, meaning you may have to fork out a substantial amount of cash for said repairs. On the other hand, routine checks from an industry professional can route any minor issues quickly and more importantly, cheaply.
What makes elevator companies ‘reputable’?
Of course, it is vital to have a reputable and professional lift maintenance company to ensure your elevator system is working at optimum efficiency – yet, what makes a lift company stand out?
First, it’s important to check that your chosen company has all of the necessary licencing and insurance in place to carry out the job legally. Any lift company working within the law will be more than happy to show you their credentials, if not, it may be best to look elsewhere.
Once you’ve checked they’re legally allowed to work on lifts, you’ll want to consider their experience and qualifications within the industry. Some lift companies have been a part of the industry for decades and have a dedicated team of technicians who have spent years training – these are the kinds of lift companies who will ensure you’re in good hands.
Work with the best lift service engineers in the South West at Euro Lifts
Whether you have a passenger elevator transporting clients and employees or a cargo lift hauling goods throughout your facility, you’ll already know how important a working lift is to your operation. With this in mind, make sure you’re working with a company who will keep your lift up and running.
Here at Euro Lifts, we have been offering our industry-leading services as domestic, commercial and cargo lift manufacturers to clients throughout the South West for over 25 years. Supplying everything from platform lifts to hoists and mobility aids, our team of passionate and qualified engineers are on hand to resolve any and all lift related issues you may have.
We also have a quick response emergency callout service 24/7,365 days a year so you will never be without our expert services.
For more information on how about our extensive range of elevator solutions, learn more on our website or get in touch with our Paignton office on 01752 559000.