In order to ensure that an elevator is in a safe working condition, it should undergo routine servicing and maintenance checks. After all, there is nothing worse than having to call out an emergency engineer to come and inspect the mechanism when your elevator breaks down without warning. Here at Elevators Ltd, we like to keep our readers well informed, especially when it comes to maintenance responsibilities, which is why we have decided to go over everything you need to know about ‘load’ testing…

What is it?

Although the rules differ from country to country, the law generally dictates that every elevator must undergo and pass a set of annual inspections in order for it to be deemed safe for use. In fact, this will sometimes include a specific test known as a ‘load’ test, which makes sure that the elevator is able to operate as intended. During the test, special weights are used in order to ensure that the cab can lift its maximum load at its maximum speed, thereby deeming it efficient.


Whilst inspections and maintenance should be carried out annually at a minimum, a load test is usually conducted every 5 years. With this said, this time frame can differentiate depending on the rules and regulations of the local government. It is important that you stay on top of load testing as an elevator without the necessary certifications can be decommissioned without warning.  

The Consequences

If you do not keep on top of your elevator maintenance responsibilities, there can be serious repercussions. After all, these inspections and tests are in place in order to ensure that the cab is able to function safely. This means that failing to carry out a load test on your elevator can not only lead to forced decommissioning, it can also put people who regularly use the elevator in danger.

Here at Elevators Ltd, we take safety extremely seriously. After all, it is unethical to put people’s lives at risk when maintenance requirements like load testing couldn’t be easier to carry out by a licenced and professional engineer. To find out more information, get in contact with the lift maintenance experts today and speak to a member of the Elevators Ltd team!