A fear of elevators is considered the most common complaint that passengers will make when it comes to stepping inside a cab. After all, claustrophobia, the fear of confined spaces, and cleithrophobia, the fear of being trapped, can heighten a person’s senses and allow fight or flight to take over the body. Here at Elevators Ltd, we want to reassure our readers that the elevator really is as safe as it is said to be. Read on as we go over three reasons why there is no need to be afraid of using an elevator…

What is the Elisha Otis Emergency Brake System?

Elisha Graves Otis, founder of the Otis Elevator Company, is known for his daring attempt to introduce the emergency elevator brake into the world. In fact, he debuted his invention at The Word’s Fair in 1854 by ordering that the only rope holding up the platform he was stood on to be cut! Luckily, it was a big success and this braking system paved the way for elevator safety as we know it today as it allowed to understand the mechanics involved.

How strong are the steel cables in a traction elevator?

The traction operating system is the most traditional elevator on the market and it utilises rope and pulley mechanics in order to move the cab between the different floors of a building. In fact, this is actually misleading as the elevator is not held in place using actual ropes, it is held in place using 8 to 12 steel cables that are so strong that just one could comfortably support the weight of a cab. This means that the risk of free-falling is very unlikely as the cables are more than strong enough to ensure safety at all times.

What is the average weight capacity of an elevator?

It is important that passengers remember that there is a weight capacity that every cab can withstand and this often depends on the type of lift. After all, the average passenger elevator can withstand up to 2000lb which is the equivalent of 12-15 people at any given time whereas a home elevator may only be able to withstand the weight of one or two passengers. With this said, every elevator is built with durability in mind which means that overloading an elevator is very unlikely to put people at risk.

Here at Elevators Ltd, we place a lot of emphasis on the safety of our clients and their passengers as we manufacturer all of our cabs with durability in mind. After all, over 200 billion people in the United States alone consider themselves to have a fear of using an elevator and that is why we follow the rules and regulations about lift safety as closely as possible. To find out more information, get in contact with the safest lift company around and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team today!