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.

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Testimonials

Last week I received a wheelchair lift and I just wanted to thank EHLS for providing me with the lift. I think you guys have a wonderful program, and you make people’s lives much easier. This wheelchair lift has giving me my independence back and I’m very grateful for that. It’s such a great feeling being able to get in and out of my house and not having to rely on family members and friends for their help. I would also like to thank the guys who installed the lift. Thank you again for this wheelchair lift, it has truly changed and brought so much happiness into my life.

Thank you so very, very much. You made my day and life much easier for me and my daughter, who called EHLS for the wheelchair lift. Thank you EHLS!

My lift has been all done for a little while and I’m sorry it has taken me so long to send this note, but I did want to say that my lift and deck installation is beautiful and functional and I want to thank everyone at EHLS and all of the associated contractors for your hard work and attention to detail and follow-up. I know I’m forgetting many, but I remember Susana, James, David, Tony, and the electricians. I wish the scheduling would have offered more notice, but it is all worth it in the end, as this lift has opened new horizons of mobility for me. Again, please pass my thanks along to everyone. I have sent along these same sentiments to Mark at the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Hoping you all have a wonderful holiday season!

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