For the average city worker, a single day can be filled with elevator journeys. From London underground commutes to multi storey office blocks, and even in our homes, the vast majority of us step into lifts without having to think twice about our personal safety.
In fact, thanks to the modern electric safety mechanisms, lifts are considered one of the safest forms of transportation, significantly less risky than taking an escalator or even a flight of stairs. This finding demonstrates just how far elevator technology has come since its earliest days, when they first appeared on scene as primitive, frightening metal containers.
At Premier Platform Lifts, we pride ourselves on remaining at the forefront of lift design and performance without ever compromising on safety. There are a huge number of complex systems which provide fail-safe protection for all well-maintained elevators. To ensure your peace of mind, we’ve identified three of the most important features of elevator technology, in order to give you an insight into lifts are such a safe way to travel.
Lift cables can hold the weight of several elevator cars at a time
Speed, size and the full height of the lift tower are all factors which dictate how many cables are required for any given elevator car. There will always be at least two cables, so that even if there is an incident and one of them were to snap, the remaining cable would be able to support the lift and prevent an accident.
It takes a severe, freak occurrence for all the cables to snap, and these situations are incredibly rare. Even when these events have occurred, cables which run beneath the car are able to reduce the speed of descent and cushion the landing, preventing accidents from becoming life threatening.
Powerful automatic brakes keep you safe
Lift counterweights offer protection and support