In this day and age, there are more and more security measures in place in the workplace and beyond ensuring that public safety is paramount. With recent events at a football ground where the entire game was abandoned and the stadium evacuated thanks to a bomb scare, the way the emergency services and also businesses respond to security threats is being forced more and more into the spotlight and that’s why there is a demand for advanced technologies, policies and procedures regarding these issues.
One thing that is being explored quite in depth is that of explosion proof lifts. These kinds of lifts will be used in places like chemical plants, mills and similar industrial environments where chemicals, liquid or otherwise, and things like hazardous materials are used on a daily basis. The hydraulics of these types of lifts are super safe, with the controls and inner workings on the inside of the structure encased in galvanized steel. The circuits won’t react to the extreme heat or ignite meaning they won’t be rendered useless in the event of an explosion and there are multiple controls for the elevator dotted around the building so that there is more than one point of operation.
There’s also an emergency lowering system on these kinds of lifts too, so that once it’s safe to do so, the hydraulics will lower the car and its passengers to the ground where they can be rescued successfully. The cars themselves are enclosed too to avoid gases or other dangerous substances in to the people inside, meaning that they are completely safe. Explosions are colossal events and even though we think it may never happen to us, it’s better to be safe than sorry and that is the line of thought most businesses are following. It’s scary to think that buildings need explosion proof lifts, and while they should probably be standard in places like the aforementioned chemicals plants, mills that are at risk from extreme fires such as lumber mills and oil rigs of course, it may be a while before we see a passenger lift that is explosion proof in residential buildings and such.
The lift maintenance required for these types of lifts will also be a hell of a lot more intense and detailed to ensure that the safety measures do not fail whatsoever. We would hate to be the lift engineer who had the finger pointed at him for being the sole reason an explosion proof lift was no longer… explosion proof!