Disabled Lifts – Is a Platform Lift the Right Option?
What type of lift is required
A platform lift is principally designed to give affordably priced access to those who experience difficulty using a staircase. So when it comes to disabled access in shops, public buildings like hospitals, airports and leisure facilities or domestic settings, a platform lift could be the solution.
They are perfect for travelling shorter distances between floors, for example from one floor to another, or to cover small staircases, a few steps that can't be accommodated by a ramp, or a change in levels.
So in two to three story buildings where a full size passenger lift is neither practical nor economical, a platform lift could be just the job. Should larger distances need to be covered, i.e. several floors, a passenger lift may be more appropriate.
What is a Platform Lift?
A platform lift is an electrically powered lifting machine that can have either an open or enclosed lift-way designed to assist people with impaired mobility in negotiating different levels. The lift shaft can be built with either glazed or solid walls, or a combination of both. An L shaped platform moves up and down the shaft transporting people and wheelchairs.
In an open carriage lift, the platform lift has push buttons that need to be held down to run the lift. This means that the platform will stop straight away when released. These push buttons take precedence over the outside landing call buttons. If the lift car is fully enclosed, automatic controls may be used and in this case the automatic controls have priority over the outside landing call button.
With a platform lift, travel speed is limited to 0.15 m/s. This slow speed will limit the stopping distance of the moving platform to approximately 10 -15 mm, making it very easy to stop in emergencies.
What are the main advantages of a platform lift?
One of the biggest advantages of a platform lift is that they are comparatively low cost when compared to a conventional passenger lift. They're relatively straightforward to install as there's no need for a machine room or lifting beam. They're dependable, quiet, economical to run, and completely safe and demand very little in the way of space or building works.
So if a platform lift is right for your home, shop, or any other setting in need of disabled access, the next stage is to get some expert advice on which type of platform lift is suitable to be installed.