This area of ergonomics is concerned with the operation of lifts, elevators and escalators. This is an important field of expertise as serious and catastrophic injuries may arise from the design, use, operation and maintenance of these machines.
Lifts and escalators can be found in a wide range of settings that may require specific knowledge of systems of use and operations in those settings.
Those systems of use and maintenance may involve the property owner and/or third party organisations pursuant to maintenance service agreements.
While lifts and escalators in commercial and residential buildings are highly visible and familiar other types of lifts are often the subject of expert investigation and assessment including:
- Freight lifts and elevators
- Level escalators/travelators - in airport terminals
- Temporary lifts and elevators on building sites
- Chair lifts in residential housing
When identifying the appropriate expert to provide advice it is important to consider the specific type of lift or escalator, the location of the lift or escalator and the circumstances in which the injury arose. This information assists the identification of an expert with appropriate experience and knowledge.
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
Some examples of this field of expertise in action include investigation and assessment of the circumstances surrounding:
- injuries arising from opening and closing doors
- injuries arising from misalignment between the lift floor and the entry and exit level floor
- injuries arising from slips on floor surfaces within the lift and on surfaces near the entry/exit floor
- injuries arising during routine maintenance and servicing procedures
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