This field encompasses the maintenance, design, construction, and installation of vertical and horizontal transport systems including but not limited to lifts, escalators, and travelators. This field differs from the field named Ergonomics - Lifts and escalators in that this field does not handle safe usage of the transport systems. Experts in this field ensure safely operating modes of travel by adhering to strict guidelines and engineering codes. They must have comprehensive knowledge of the electrical, mechanical and hydraulic components of the machines they work on, and have a level of technical expertise which allows them to diagnose and solve operating problems with them.

In today’s world, vertical and horizontal travel systems are imperative to our way of life. Although often taken for granted, skyscrapers, airports, and freight warehouses all completely rely on these methods of movement being safe and reliable. Safe operation of lifts and other transport systems is essential for protecting the lives and health of users. Improper maintenance, design, operation, or installation of these systems can result in unnecessary expense, damage to the build it is housed in, or even catastrophic failure.

To become an engineer of this kind, experts have undergone extensive training. Typically, they will be qualified in either electrical, electronics, or mechanical engineering, then have undergone apprentice training with a lift or services company. This training provides them with extensive knowledge of technical systems and mechanics, the ability to interpret electrical plans and diagrams, knowledge of maintenance equipment, and wide-ranging knowledge of the various forms of horizontal and vertical transport systems. Courses may also focus on codes and standards, management of contracts in the construction industry, hydraulic and control systems as a whole, and microprocessor applications. Some professionals in this field are generalists, but generally they will specialise in a particular mode of transport. The specific specialisation and background needed in your expert will be determined by the matter which requires examination.

At the bottom of this profile are brief details of a number of the experts that Expert Experts represents. Call our office to discuss your requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget.

Expertise in Action

Experts in the field lift, escalator, and travelator engineering can be called upon to comment on cases regarding system failures, issues of maintenance or installation, transport engineering problems which have resulted in injury or death, disputes over the cost of these systems, or contract disputes therein.

Sample Reports

For some fields of expertise we have some sample sections of de-identified reports. Please contact our office if you are interested in a sample.


The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:

  • The need for a view or inspection of a location
  • The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
  • Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
  • Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype
Relevant Articles Product Related Injuries: Tractors, Escalators

An article on injuries relating to escalators as well as other machinery.

How common are lift accidents?

A discussion of the likelihood of accidents in lifts.

Maintenance and Safety Practices of Escalator in Commercial Buildings

A paper on the proper maintenance and safety practices of an escalator in a commercial setting to ensure safety.

Relevant Cases Dimitrelos v 14 Martin Place Pty Limited & 3 Ors [2007] NSWCA 85 (5 June 2007)

A case concerning an injury sustained by the plaintiff when the lfit he was in dropped several floors, causing injury to his neck.

The Owners of Strata Plan No 3397 v Tate [2007] NSWCA 207 (16 August 2007)

A case concerning the costs of lift maintenance in a strata context.

Amaca Pty Ltd (under NSW Administered Winding Up) v King [2011] VSCA 447 (22 December 2011)

A case concerning the responsibilities of a lift engineer and the emergency practices surrounding lifts. Discusses whether a lift technician should be paid for being ‘on-call’ should there be an accident

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A sample of our experts in Engineering - Lifts, escalators, travelators

Below are short profiles of a few experts with expertise in this field. Please contact our office to discuss your specific requirements and to obtain a recommendation that suits your needs and budget. Expert Experts are experts in finding the right expert for your needs and you pay no more to use Expert Experts than if you searched and found the expert yourself.

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Forensic Engineer expert

ID15152 is a forensic engineering expert with over 40 years of experience. They are skilled in industrial physics and electrical engineering as well as uninterruptible power systems and vibration.

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