Lifts can be truly remarkable things. Not only do they takes us up a flight of stairs without needing to break a sweat, they’re also capable of being absolutely incredible contraptions. Ever since they were incorporated in business throughout the world, lifts have proven to be an undeniably ground-breaking invention, and there are a few out there that have really gone the extra mile in terms of their creativity.

When we think of the Guinness World Records, we often picture some guy with a load of piercings in his face, the world’s tallest woman or someone eating a plate of hot dogs as fast as they can. However, there are a whole bunch of world records to do with lifts/elevators, and we’re going to give you a quick rundown of the most impressive records.

  1. The World’s Tallest Elevator

There is a lift in AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng Gold Mine that is currently the holder of the record for the tallest elevator. In just three minutes, it can drop 2,283 metres in a single descent, which is over 4 and a half times further than the lifts in the world’s tallest building. Each day the lift ferries 4,000 workers (not all at once) down to the mine at speeds of up to 40mph.

  1. First Building To Use A Safety Elevator

Back on 23rd March 1857, the Haughwout Department Store in New York City, USA, put the earliest modern “safety elevator” into service. The contraption was powered by a steam engine and created by a guy call Elisha Otis. Otis is also credited with the development of modern skyscrapers by allowing buildings above five storeys to become practical for their occupants.

  1. The Largest Boat Lift

The Strepy-Thieu boat lift is the largest in the world today. It has a vertical travel of 73.15 metres and can lift barges up to 16.5m wid, 118.6m long and can carry a weight of 1,350 tonnes. The lift opened in November 2001, and is part of the Canal de Centre linking the Scheldt and Meuse rivers.

While we might not be attempting to break any Guinness World Records, we install a variety of different lifts here at Elevators Ltd. We also carry out high quality lift maintenance services through our expert lift engineers, so please contact us today if you require any more information on the services we provide.