Lift experts give their opinion
Mr Ng Wee Keong, the Head of Operations and Technical Services Division of Mitsubishi Elevator (Singapore) Pte.Ltd., said new measures by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) “will improve lift safety for the whole industry and provide better safety to users”.
Referring to Outcome-based Maintenance which is part of the new changes, Mr Ng said mentions that the current measures during inspection are already outcome-based but the new measures help to make the requirements even more specific.
He said: “For example, currently the Singapore Standard 550 (SS550) states that ‘lift equipment must be lubricated and cleaned’.
Under the new measures, the specific equipment will be named, such as ‘brakes or lift parts should not contain any oil or grease contamination’.
” Mr Ng also touched on another new measure known as the Permit to Operate system.
The BCA will now require every lift to have a permit issued by it before it can be operated.
This is in addition to current checks and certifications done by Authorised Examiners.
Mr Ng said that a potential hurdle this new measure will encounter is the immense amount of paperwork and manpower that is needed to install the permits in all passenger lifts and the amount of resources needed for the audit checks. According to the BCA, there are a total of about 59,000 passenger lifts in Singapore.
Mr Ng also said the re-introduction of the display of permits in the lifts will help passengers to “feel more safe and assured” that the lifts are maintained properly.
Regarding the recent spate of lift accidents, Mr Ng said that: “if these accidents occurred due to improper lift maintenance, then these new measures should at least mitigate the chances of these lift accidents happening.”
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