What’s New in the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators in 2017

two machinist worker technicians at work adjusting lift with spanners in elevator hoist wayAccording to the NEII, passengers across the US travel more than 2.55 billion miles on elevators and escalators each year. During that time, eighteen billion elevator trips and 105 billion escalator rides are taken, surpassing both rail and air travel combined.

While these numbers are quite remarkable, think about what it says in relation to elevator and escalator safety. One of the safest forms of transportation in the world, the elevator and escalator industry works relentlessly to advance safety for riders and employees alike. The elevator industry has one of the lowest accident rates of any form of transportation, due in large part to the constant diligence in improving both the equipment itself and the safety codes and standards that govern the industry.

The safety code for elevators and escalators, ASME A17.1/CSA B44, is updated every three years to ensure that the requirements represent the latest safety and technology available. The code sets standards, which govern elevators and escalators on safety across a full range of industry products and applications.

What’s new this year?  With three years between updates, there are always many revisions and additions to the code. In the 2016 edition of the code, several major changes and updates went into effect. To read them all, click here.

As elevator and escalator equipment ages and new technological advances are made, the codes that govern safety are also modified. FIELDBOSS LIFT software can help you to ensure the greatest level of safety for the public and your technicians by keeping you on top of maintenance, inspections, violations and more.

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