Here at Elevators Ltd, we recognise that the elevator plays a vital role in society by allowing those afflicted with a disability to retain their independence and travel between the different floors of a building unattended. With this said, public buildings were not always so accommodating, and it was only following the implementation of the Equality Act 2010 that compulsory changes were made to the design of a cab in order to ensure safety for the disabled. Read on as we go over three of these important features that are now a common addition inside every elevator cab…
Why are passenger cabs so large?
Every passenger elevator is designed with a maximum weight capacity and this often dictates the number of people that can comfortably fit inside. In fact, these figures are often dependant on the model of the cab itself and can fall between 500lb and 2500lb! Interestingly, elevators were once small contraptions that only allowed a handful of passengers to comfortably fit inside which meant that wheelchair users often struggled to utilise them. Nowadays, the average passenger elevator found in a public use building, such as a shopping centre or hospital, has more advanced dimensions that provides wheelchair users with a safe and comfortable journey.
What do rear mirrors do in an elevator cab?
When the elevator was first introduced, many people were hesitant about putting their life in the hands of a cab suspended within a shaft whilst they were enclosed inside a moving box. After all, it is impossible to ‘escape’ a cab that is in motion. In fact, these worries eventually morphed into claustrophobia for many people as the feeling of being trapped would trigger anxiety-like symptoms. In order to combat the growing concerns regarding safety, elevator manufacturers decided to install mirrors on the rear wall in order to create the illusion of a larger space, thereby reducing the feeling of claustrophobia that many passengers were having.
How do handrails improve elevator safety?
The average elevator does not move fast enough to put passengers at risk of falling during a journey, however, it is vital that every member of society is accounted for. After all, the elderly are a fall risk in almost every situation due to their tendency to suffer from balance problems which means that a moving elevator cab could lead to an easily avoidable injury. As a result, modern elevator cabs are fitted with handrails at a variety of different heights as per the Equality Act 2010 in order to ensure that every passenger is safe at all times.
Although elevators as we know them have been around for almost two centuries, they were often built for able-bodied people by able-bodied people as the contraption removed the need for stairs and suddenly made penthouse floors more favourable. Luckily, modern elevators are now built with wheelchairs in mind in order to ensure that they comfortably fit inside a cab and many signs even utilise Braille for the sight impaired too. To find out more information about how our elevators abide by the Disability Discrimination Act, get in contact with the best lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!