How would you test an elevator

Safe elevators need an annual review

Safe elevators need an annual review

TÜV AUSTRIA registers more defects in the course of the safety tests of elevator systems. Only the annual inspection provides safety for passengers. And that at an average price of a fifth of a cent per trip.

Added value of annual elevator inspection

Passengers can take the elevator ride relaxed.

Homeowners and property managers protect the security of the house partners, the value of the property and comply with the statutory duty of care.

Responsible significantly promote the safety of the public, the economy and the environment by maintaining the annual elevator inspection.

Are you ... a lift passenger?

For most people in Austria, taking the elevator is part of their daily routine. The 100,000 domestic lifts enable almost 6.5 billion trips per year. The elevator is one of the safest means of transport of our time because it is checked once a year by an independent monitoring body - without prior notice.

The inspection activities include, for example, checking door contacts, safety gears or speed limiters, but also checking the elevator for mechanical and electrical errors, as well as checking the elevator shaft and machine room, or checking accessibility.

By the way: The average cost for the annual inspection of an elevator in a residential building are approximately 250 euro.

Each elevator runs between 100,000 and 150,000 times a year. This means that the cost of the exam is on average a fifth of a cent per trip! However, many elevators, for example in hotels or public facilities, run much more often.

Thomas Maldet, Head of TÜV AUSTRIA Head of Austria Infrastructure and Transport: “Only the annual inspection of elevator systems provides security. For passengers and elevator operators. "

Are you ... a lift operator?

Homeowners and property managers are always on the safe side with annual, independent testing of elevator systems.

Legal duty of care of the homeowner

Operators of elevator systems, i.e. house owners or property management companies, have a legally regulated duty of care for the elevators in the respective properties. You are therefore not only responsible for maintenance and repair matters but also for the safety of the elevator as a whole, as well as for compliance with statutory tests. In the event of an accident, you also have liability consequences.

Annual inspection of the elevator without any economic interest

TÜV AUSTRIA elevator technology knows all the legal requirements for the safe operation of an elevator system and is a competent partner for everyone who fulfills existing legal requirements and wants to avoid hazards for passengers.

For a risk assessment, the recurring annual check - independent of the elevator manufacturer's service or maintenance companies - is a basic requirement.

Thomas Maldet, Head of TÜV AUSTRIA Elevator Technology: "Our technicians check the elevator system and the building's technical environment without any economic interest in retrofitting or selling spare parts, and supports operators in their obligation to comply with legal requirements."

Fire protection and environmental protection for your property

But not only that. By checking the technical building environment, homeowners and property managers are always on the safe side when it comes to fire protection or environmental protection. Maldet: "If, for example, our technicians detect an oil leak on the floor of the elevator shaft, which can lead to environmental pollution, this advice, along with advice on structural renovations, helps to ensure that there is no liability for environmental damage beyond the duty of care for elevators comes. That saves money and lets owners and property managers always be on the safe side. "

Annual inspection of your elevator system for a fifth of a cent per trip

By the way: the average costs for the annual inspection of an elevator in a residential building are around 250 euros. Each elevator runs between 100,000 and 150,000 times a year. This means that the cost of the test is on average a fifth of a cent per trip!

Thomas Maldet: “A worthwhile investment in the security and value of a property. Only the annual inspection of the elevator provides security. " 

Are you ... a responsible person?

Only an annual elevator check provides security.

TÜV AUSTRIA: No to saving at the expense of safety.

Deregulation and savings measures on the part of politics and administration are always to be welcomed if they actually make sense, emphasizes Thomas Maldet, Head of TÜV AUSTRIA Elevator Technology. “In the event that the statutory annual independent inspections of elevator systems are weakened, this does not make any sense.

Longer inspection intervals mean more accidents with elevator systems

Quite the opposite: An extension of the test intervals simply leads to more accidents and thus to more uncertainty for the passengers. ”Maldet relies on the test reports of the technicians, who find defects in over 38 percent of elevator systems in Austria.

Elevator maintenance is not an independent test

Maintenance and independent testing of an elevator are, according to Maldet, two completely different pairs of shoes that have nothing in common. “Only the annual independent - and unannounced - elevator inspection ensures real safety. For passengers, homeowners or property managers. The exam not only checks the technical and mechanical safety of the elevator but also the elevator environment, for example in terms of things Fire protection or Accessibility. A added value at security so. Without 'looking the other way', without economic interests in retrofitting work or the sale of spare parts. "

Added value of elevator safety: fire protection and environmental protection

The average cost of the annual inspection of an elevator in a residential building is around 250 euros. Each elevator runs between 100,000 and 150,000 times a year. This means that the cost of the test is on average a fifth of a cent per trip!

Maldet: "Only the annual elevator test provides security."

What does the TÜV AUSTRIA elevator technician check?

The inspection activities of TÜV AUSTRIA elevator technicians include, for example, inspections

  • of door contacts
  • safety gears or speed limiters
  • the mechanics
  • the electrics
  • of the elevator shaft
  • of the machine room
  • the accessibility

But not only that. A check of the building's technical environment ensures that passengers, house owners and property managers and those responsible for fire protection or environmental protection are always on the safe side, so that, for example, the risk of fire from garbage deposits or environmental pollution from oil leaks on the floor of the elevator shaft are avoided.

Thomas Maldet, Head of TÜV AUSTRIA Elevator Technology: "Our technicians check the elevator system, including the technical building environment, without any economic interest in retrofitting or selling spare parts, and supports operators in their obligation to comply with legal requirements."

What defects are identified during independent elevator inspections?

Breaks in the suspension cable, inadequate elevator car guides, loose screw connections, warped rails, corrosion on load-bearing elements or oil-smeared shaft pits: these defects would not be discovered without an annual inspection of elevators.

Defects in elevators lead to personal injury and property damage. 

Defects in elevators: examples