If you are scared of using the elevator, it is safe to say that you aren’t alone. In fact, statistics suggest that 1 in 20 people feel some kind of apprehension during an elevator journey. Whether it be claustrophobia or an irrational gut feeling that the cable is going to snap and leave you falling to your doom, the team here at Elevators Ltd want to clear up any misleading information you might have heard once and for all…
Although they are often called ‘ropes’, the cables that are used in an elevator are made from extremely strong steel wiring. In fact, there are often around 12 that are used in each lift which means that the fate of passengers is not resting on the strength of a flimsy rope that could snap under the weight of the cab.
In fact, the cables are so strong that a dozen of them aren’t technically required. For a cab to free-fall, every single cable would have to be severed, such as when a B-25 bomber crashed into the Empire State Building in 1945 and left a passenger free-falling from the 79ths floor. This means that one or two failing cables will not put anybody in danger and can be easily rectified during maintenance.
In every elevator, there are three different safety brakes in place. For example, if a fault is found in the safety chain then a clamp is automatically put into place in order to prevent the cab from moving. This is also applied during a power loss in order to keep passengers safe. In addition to this, there is also an emergency brake installed underneath the cab which was invented in the 19th century by a man called Elisha Graves Otis and is actually credited as the feature that made passenger elevators possible as until then they were only used for freight purposes.
Finally, traction elevators also come with a set of counterweights and although their primary function is balancing the cab, they can also act as a safety feature should any of the other ones ever fail. For example, in a fully loaded cab they would help ensure the cab would slowly descend rather than free-fall.
There is nothing worse than facing your fears, especially when you suffer from a phobia. Luckily the team here at Elevators Ltd are the experts on your side that want to reassure every elevator passenger that they are perfectly safe inside a cab. After all, their science speaks for itself! Coupled with high quality lift maintenance, a well-cared for elevator will transport you to your desired floor safe and sound with ease. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the team today!