SHENA warns against use of uncertified lifts

All principals, occupiers, employers and self-employed individuals, who are lift owners or are responsible for the safe operation of lifts used to carry goods or people, must ensure that all lifts are certified fit for use by an authorised examiner.

This was said by the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) in a press statement yesterday.

The agency added that the “continued usage and utilisation of a lift that has not been maintained or examined and certified fit for use by an authorised examiner is an offence under the Workplace Safety and Health (General Provisions) Regulations 2014”.

“Lifts are generally fitted with a number of safety features, such as safety brakes, door sensors, door-closing devices, emergency evacuation feature, emergency lightings, emergency power and fire emergency systems,” said the agency. “The regulations 2014 require that all lifts provided for use in work activities are thoroughly examined by an authorised examiner at regular intervals, that is, once every six months. This applies to lifts and hoists used to transport people and loads.”

In addition, under the regulations, all principals, occupiers, employers and self-employed individuals are required to undertake risk assessments with regards to safety and health risks posed to others and must take measures to “eliminate any foreseeable risks in the workplace, prior to commencing their work on site”.