The process of loading cargo into your freight elevators is a common and tedious task, and while the process is often simple, it’s also potentially hazardous.
Here are some tips to keep you and your team safe while working safely.
Always remember your safety code: There are some safety laws that apply to cargo elevators, including a “zero-tolerance” rule.
This means that the elevator has to prevent any death or serious injury from an accident occurring within a 15-foot radius.
But there are a few other laws that can apply to elevators as well, including the “safe operation” rule and the “no hazardous material” rule, both of which are covered in the Safe Elevator Safety Guide.
When loading cargo, always check the elevator’s safety code.
It will be important to follow these safety rules in case of an accident.
Do your homework: Learn more about your freight and your elevator company, and be sure to do some research on the topic before you embark on the journey.
This will help you to determine what safety features are required in your elevator, as well as what kind of equipment to bring with you.
Don’t forget your personal belongings: Even though elevators aren’t supposed to be carrying any cargo, it can be very tempting to forget to take your personal items with you to the elevator.
There are a number of ways to help keep your personal luggage safe, including packing it in a small, secure container.
It can also be a good idea to store your personal effects in a safe location away from the elevator, and to not bring them into the elevator if they’re out of reach.
Don�t forget your phone: You’ll want to keep your phone and other personal belongings safe.
Keep it out of sight, away from doors, and at the top of your elevator.
Use the correct hand signal for elevator doors: Elevators often have multiple doors that can be used to close doors.
Make sure your elevator doors are properly marked with the correct code.
Don the appropriate safety gear: If you’re working on a busy freight elevator, it�s best to bring appropriate safety equipment for the job.
A belt is recommended, and you should be wearing a helmet and goggles.
Use a self-latching elevator door: It’s not a great idea to use elevator doors that are not self-closing, because you might fall through them.
Always wear a belt when working on an elevator, which can help you get back to safety.
Always use a safety helmet: If an elevator is equipped with a safety harness, you should wear a safety-grade helmet, which will protect your eyes and nose while working on the elevator or on the floor of the elevator compartment.
Keep your hands and feet out of the way: When working on elevators or on floors, you might be tempted to try to grab a handle, or to try and climb onto a moving elevator.
The elevator should always be self-sealing, and always have a door that is self-locking.
If you have to climb onto the elevator from below, wear safety goggles and use a self latching door to get back onto the floor.
Wear protective clothing: It�s important to wear gloves while working in elevators.
Wear the appropriate protective clothing, including at least one pair of safety glasses, to avoid exposure to dangerous chemicals.
And when working in the elevator at night, wear gloves when using lights or fluorescent lights.
Do not stand in an elevator at high speed: Elevator operators are required to stand at least 20 feet away from elevators during work hours, and a safety belt is required when using elevators in an emergency.
If an operator is unable to reach the elevator due to any of these safety measures, the operator must use an emergency call to get to the nearest elevators when possible.
Be aware of the safety warning signs in elevator doors: The safety warning sign in an elevator door is often called an �emergency contact warning� sign.
It�ll appear on the elevators side of the door and may include a blue or red light, a flashing arrow, and the words �danger!� This is a safety signal that should be ignored.
When the warning sign is illuminated, the elevator must be turned off immediately and the elevator closed and locked.
If a passenger or crew member is not in immediate danger, the emergency contact warning sign will not appear.