There are certain things in life that we tend not to question. After all, they are the norm and society has learnt to rely on their presence. Take handrails inside elevators as an example; nobody knows when they were first installed or why they were added to the design. With this said, the team here at Elevators Ltd may have a few explanations and in this blog, we are going to reveal all…

Safety

Sometimes elevators can stop with a halt and cause people to stumble. Whilst the majority of people are able to keep their balance at times like this, it is often a matter of health and safety to provide people with a way to hold on during their journey if they desire to do so. Due to this, it is not uncommon to see handrails of all shapes and sizes on the walls of elevators.

Elderly

Whilst those in good health may have no trouble riding an elevator, those who are more vulnerable may struggle to remain balanced which is why handrails are so necessary. After all, it is impossible for the elderly to be accompanied every time they use an elevator as this would remove their independence. In fact, elevators are supposed to be safer for the elderly in comparison to the stairs and handrails are only one of the reasons why.

Claustrophobia

One of the most common conditions that is related to the concept of using an elevator is claustrophobia, the fear of being trapped in an enclosed space with no escape. In fact, there have been many modifications to the elevator over the years in order to help combat this anxiety disorder such as the implementation of mirrors during the early 1920’s in order to try and trick the sufferer into thinking the cab was bigger than it actually was. The idea is that handrails on the edges make the cube feel less closed in and give them something to hold onto.

Here at Elevators Ltd, we believe that the future of elevators is something to look forward to. After all, there are not only simple modifications like handrails to be expected, there are vast improvements such as the proposal of a magnet system allowing cabs to travel in all directions to consider too. Of course, adaptions are nothing without high quality lift maintenance in place! Get in contact with a member of the team today to find out more information!