What safety devices are platform lifts fitted with?
They must have a variety of safety features. These include the aforementioned peripheral safety edge, hand winding and emergency Passenger Lifts battery lowering systems in case of power failure, carriage alarms, devices that protect the lift against overloading, and doors/landing gates that lock automatically when the platform is in motion to prevent people entering the shaft/lift area.
8. What is the minimum\maximum travel height?
Standard wheelchair lifts are available with differing travel heights, ranging from just a few inches to many metres. Many manufacturers also offer custom-built units for customers with non-standard requirements.
9. How much can platform lifts carry?
This depends on the model. There are small units that lift 300kg – more than enough to carry a wheelchair user up a short flight of stairs. Others have large platforms that accommodate a wheelchair plus a carer. These often travel much further, over three storeys in some cases, and carry loads of 400kg-1000kg.
10. Are there platform models suitable for external use?
Yes. Using wheelchair lifts outside is common and most manufacturers offer units for indoor and outdoor applications.
Boyd Porter is Sales Manager at movemanSKG, which supplies specialist lifts. It offers platform lifts and service lifts for industrial and commercial applications. These include schools and colleges, hotels and restaurants, shops, leisure centres, churches and libraries. movemanSKG also tailor-builds lifts to suit specific customer requirements.