Passenger lifts are probably the most common type of installation. They are, as the name suggests, lifts that are suitable for carrying passengers as well as goods.

 

They are found in a range of places including apartment buildings, shops, nursing homes, schools, offices and many other buildings.

The majority of public and many private buildings with more than two storeys have passenger lifts. Often this is a DDA requirement, in order to ensure that the building is suitably accessible for all those who may use it..

 

There are many different types of passenger lifts including both traction and hydraulic lifts as well as disabled lifts and platform lifts but the most common request from out clients is for a DDA compliant lift. These too are available in many forms but some key elements of the legislation to be aware of are:

 

  • Door openings to be at least 800mm
  • Lift doors must be automatic
  • Door dwell time should be between 2 and 20 seconds
  • A mirror must be in the lift car to enable wheelchair users to see any obstacles behind them, if the lift car is not large enough to turn around in
  • Levelling accuracy must be within 20mm
  • Audible signs for doors opening and closing and for floor designation
  • Faceplate and surrounds must be different, both visually and by touch to the push buttons.