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Elevator safety still has long way to go

While elevator designs have come a long way since their primitive beginnings in wood and hemp rope, the same, unfortunately, cannot be said for elevator safety.

COMMENT, SPECIAL REPORTS, Facilities Management, Sectors

While elevator designs have come a long way since their primitive beginnings in wood and hemp rope, the same, unfortunately, cannot be said for elevator safety.

Far too many times, elevator-related accidents are likely avoidable if due diligence is implemented.

Admittedly, the mechanics of elevator failure – such as motor or rope efficiency – are rightly given significance during operation and maintenance activities.

However, is the region’s property industry missing a clue by not including both the construction and long-term maintenance teams as part of the design process.

Naturally, pre- and post-construction teams’ collaboration is not easy to achieve. The region is familiar with practices such as revamping building designs at the construction stage, contractual disputes, and delays in building work.

In such a scenario – which is all too common around the GCC – it not impossible to imagine a construction team’s reluctance to think too far into the future.

However, collaboration will be the key to safer elevator systems in the future, and elevator manufacturers, as well as FM service providers, have an important contribution to share on how such platforms are implmented.

Cradle-to-grave services may seem a complex offering in the contemporary GCC setup, but it necessary for facilities management operators to get involved early, especially in a region building to break world records.

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