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Lift Trapped Passenger Safe Emergency Release/Rescue Training Course

Emergency Lift Passenger Release Training

Emergency Safe Lift Trapped Passenger Release Training (lift rescue training)

For passengers trapped in a lift it can be a distressing experience. If their release takes too long and some passengers have particular conditions, what should be a straightforward and quick procedure could turn into a Health and Safety issue.

The Legal Background

Under LOLER and PUWER lift owner/operators are legally obliged to ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to enable the safe release of trapped lift passengers in the event of a breakdown.

Your Options

Fire Brigades have no statutory duty to release passengers trapped in lifts and many are becoming more reluctant to respond. Several will now charge for this service. Equally, an increasing number of lift maintenance companies that have trained local staff to perform lift passenger release have been advised by the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA), that this practice should not be condoned as most often, lift engineers are not qualified trainers or assessors. Even if your lift Maintenance Company offers this service by a competent trainer then they may not be guaranteed to respond in a reasonably short time.

A solution exists to competently train a core of local staff to safely carry out this procedure thus ensuring quick, safe release of passengers trapped in lifts Competent Training.

The HSE cites BS7255:2001 Safe Working on Lifts as the Approved Code of Practice that contains the recommendations/requirements relevant to emergency release procedures and provisions. This British Standard requires that the competence of those trained should be assessed and documented annually. Our training is fully in accordance with this Standard.

Course Overview

There are three stages to our training

1. Class room based

We start off explaining the basic functionality of lifts. We then make people aware of the risks associated with incorrect passenger release and how to mitigate those risks. Finally, we go through the methodology of actual release procedures.

2. Training on the Equipment

Firstly we carry out a demonstration of the correct procedure then the trainees, supervised by ourselves complete all aspects of the release.

3. Post training test

All trainees must complete a multiple-choice test before they are certified.

Course Format

The course duration is typically ½ to 1 day depending on the range and type of lift equipment and number of delegates. The training is carried out wherever the lift equipment is installed and requires access to such equipment, machine room keys, hand-winding notes and equipment, lift-out-service signs. A facility to accommodate a maximum of 6 delegates is also required for the supporting classroom-based presentations.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, successful delegates will have demonstrated competence in:

  • understanding employers and employees obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act;
  • applying the Regulations, standards and safety requirements regarding safe working on lifts;
  • understanding the basic drive systems and safety operated lift systems installed on site;
  • understanding the relationship between the weight of car and counterweight, and how to correctly assess the direction which the car will move when the brake is released;
  • locating the car and communicating with trapped passengers;
  • isolating the lift electrical supply, locking off and fitting warning labels;
  • applying the correct method of hand-winding traction lifts and/or manually operating hydraulic lifts;
  • using the correct methods of opening and securing landing doors and gates;
  • using the correct method of releasing trapped passengers;

On completion of the course and final test delegates are presented with their Certificate

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