YOUR LIFT/S may be a health and environmental hazard.
It is up to you (the owner) to ensure you’re getting what you paid for.
Your lift pit area may not be clean, nor hazard free.
Rubbish and dust build up can create fire hazards, as well as sometimes being smelly and attracting unwanted insects and rodents. Food stuffs, dead animals can putrefy creating health hazards.
Leaking Hydraulic oil you may never know about can be accumulating, causing serious health effects. It suspends in air. It can smell. You may wonder why the lift has a heavy smelly air to it.
Trapped water can remain in your lift shaft for months, sometimes years, and create strong odours and bacterial health hazards, as well as possible electrical hazards and rust equipment.
It is Your right to inspect and have your lifts clean and hazard free.
Have, or assign, a representative from strata management, body corporate, building management, plant operations, plant maintenance, your vertical operations division to call your lift maintenance company and arrange for a routine inspection or co-ordinate an inspection with a technician’s routine inspection visit.
Your lift or lifts should be visited/inspected at least twice a year by your lift company’s technicians.
Inspect your lifts at least once a year, to ensure your lift company is maintaining your lift in a satisfactory condition.
Lift hazards are not always exposed to the naked eye, therefore it is the initiative of the owner to ensure your money and investment is being valued and in safe operational condition for your passengers and the public.
This will prevent future crises, litigation in the event of a crisis, environmental impact prosecution, fires, electrocution, compensation issues.
Electrical sparks (although very rare) can spark fires in dusty areas. Leaking oil or contaminated water will leak through concrete seams (see this regularly) and enter the water table to contaminate our ground and bore water as well as make us feel unwell when using the lift.
If your lift car stinks (heavy, musty, sulphuric, rancid, oily) when you’re riding in it, chances are, the pit is contaminated with oil or water or both, maybe even refuse mixed in for some variety.