Wheelchair Lift Safety Considerations
Vertical Platform Lift (VPL) Safety issues: wheelchair lift safety is a top concern in all EHLS accessibility projects. The lift equipment we use and our installation methods comply with all applicable safety standards required by local and national building codes.
A properly installed VPL will have several important safety features:
- Solid metal walls on either side of the platform keep legs and arms out of harm’s way when the lift is moving
- A gate at the top landing is secured with an automatic interlock. The gate and interlock will stop the gate from opening when the lift platform is lowered – ensuring no-one will fall to the surface below.
- A safety under pan that automatically stops the lift from descending if there is anything under the lift
- Vertical platform lifts are regulated and the state inspection is an important assurance that your VPL is properly built and installed. EHLS pulls permits and has our VPL’s inspected.
- Unfortunately, in the course of our business, we encounter far too many VPLs installed by other firms that do not meet minimum safety standards and don’t submit their VPL’s for the proper state inspection.
- Before signing a contract with any company be sure to find out exactly what kind of lift they plan to use and how it will be installed. Ask if their lift equipment is code compliant. Or, better yet, contact EHLS and have us do it right.