Catching the fall: How Safe is your Elevator?

Being trapped in enclosed spaces in mid-fall is a fear that a surprisingly large number of people have in common. While modern elevators follow multiple guidelines for safety and structural integrity, fears have been raised that attempts at meeting rising office space and energy prices may be taking away from safety features in elevator cab design.

The Risk of an Elevator Accident Has Gone Down

By law, elevator systems have to meet rigid safety standards before they can be released for use by the public. Elevator markets have matured considerably since the horrific accidents of the early 2000s. Those early days saw malfunctioning elevator cabs moving suddenly and without notice, sometimes with a person stuck in between the doors. Then there were elevator falls with cables snapping at considerable heights above ground level. A 2016 incident in China even mentions a woman being stuck inside an elevator for about a month before maintenance workers discovered her body.

Strict Building and Elevator Design Safety Codes in place

Most of the fears surrounding elevator use today are unwarranted. Revised safety codes for elevators provide for stringent oversight in matters of design, construction, operation, inspection, maintenance, testing, alteration, and repair. These codes cover several considerations including material and weight so that the equipment can bear stresses by a good margin. Cables are not the only things holding modern elevator cabs. There are also counterweights and braking systems. Today’s elevators will stop immediately if the doors encounter resistance to their closing. They will not move again until the impediment has been removed.

Emergency Rescue Services

All current elevator design interior design incorporates digital displays and emergency phones. There is also a provision for automatic alerts, blinking lights and beeps to go to maintenance technicians if a lift gets stuck between floors. Lifts will typically also have an opening near the ceiling out of which  emergency workers can pull you out of. Lift shaft doors cannot open unless an elevator cab is present on the same floor as the user. And if the lights should go out, you’re covered by battery powered emergency lighting that’s good for hours.

Psychological Safety in Elevator Interior Cab Design

Apart from these physical factors of safe elevator cab design, there are also psychological factors that a good elevator system design must address. Elevator users are, after all, in confined and enclosed spaces. Not only do they need to physically be kept safe, but they also need to be aware that they are safe. Elevator engineers need to place greater emphasis on sensitive design. This means that the person with the different ability or the person with potential phobias is given due attention while planning cab interiors. 

Applying Color Principles to Expand Elevator Spaces

Brighter colors can give the illusion of enhanced space and can help reduce distrust of elevators in people. Elevators should accelerate slowly enough for the body to adjust. Wait times for elevators need to be reduced so that your business witnesses maximum footfalls. Faster, more efficiently managed elevators make for a more productive work day for your employees and a speedier commute home for residential dwellers.

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