Have you ever wondered how safe lifts actually are?
This is a question we ask ourselves almost every time we get into a lift.
Indeed, many people have some anxiety when they think about getting into a lift, but are these apprehensions motivated?
Certainly, the thought of possibly falling into the void or even being stuck in the cabin is not pleasant for anyone, especially for those suffering from claustrophobia.
But really, what are the chances of this happening? The answer is VERY FEW.
First of all, it is good to point out that the ROPES, which support the cabin, are calculated with very high safety coefficients.
In the very unlikely event that they were to break, the lift would be braked by a so-called parachute that could stop it in a very short time.
If we haven’t convinced you yet, we bring you some numbers below.
The Center for Health Statistics reports that 27 elevator-related deaths occur each year in the United States, compared to 1,600 staircase-related accidents.
As far as Italy is concerned, we rely on research carried out by the insurance company C.A. Broker for the period 2010-2015 and they reported only 8 serious or fatal accidents out of a sample comprising 13% of all lift vehicles nationwide.
In addition, according to the same source, 45.3% of the accidents were related to tripping caused by steps formed between the car sill and the landing on the ground, and 22.7% of the accidents involved hitting the automatic door while closing it.
Modern lifts no longer have problems with bumping while stationary, thanks to modern vehicle dynamics control systems.
Similarly, all modern lifts are equipped with photocell barriers in the doors that stop the movement as soon as a person enters.
If desired, these systems can be easily integrated into existing systems through targeted modernisation.