Whether we like it or not we all need to use Elevators. You may be working in a tall office, living in a flat or even just to get around a shopping centre but what is that makes people fear climbing into the cab?
The fear of confined spaces, the fear of being trapped or the possibility of the elevator car falling are the main reasons so let us reassure you that elevators really are very safe …. Even safer than stairs as it turns out !
Hit the Brakes!
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.
When an elevator starts falling and its speed exceeds the safe speed , metal brakes latch on to the sides of the car and slow it down – this is done gradually to prevent any sudden shocks or injuries.
The steel cables do all the hard work!
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.
As far as we are aware there are only two times that this has happened – once in 2001 when the Twin Towers in NY was attacked by terrorists in two aeroplanes – as a result of the attack all of the cables were sliced through and consequently, the elevator failed and fell. The other incident was in 1945 when again, a plane crash caused the cables to be completely severed. These are both freak accidents that happen very rarely.
A weight off your mind
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. The average passenger elevator can withstand the equivalent weight of 12-15 people at any given time whereas a home elevator may only be able to withstand the weight of 1or 2 passengers. Every elevator is built with durability in mind which means that overloading an elevator is very unlikely to put people at risk.
On balance – elevators are v safe!
If all else fails there is one more line of defence – the counterweight. These weights mean that if everything above the lift were to fail and you are the only person in the car the car will go up – not down . At the top there is a buffer to cushion any impact.
So there you have it . An elevator comes packed with a number of effective safety features that will ensure your safety and here at Elevators Ltd we manufacturer all of our cabs with durability in mind. 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!