Hoist and Hoist Towers

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 Construction and maintenance

  • The erection, alteration or dismantling of a hoist is a specialist operation and should only be carried out by a competent person.
  • Any fixed hoist tower must be adequately tied in to the hoist structure.
  • Hoists should be constructed in such a way that prevents the fall of materials from the platform or cage.

Safety features

  • All hoist cages and platforms must be marked with the safe working load.
  • All hoists must be marked whether they are for goods or passenger use.
  • Passenger hoists must be fitted with interlocked gates at every landing place.
  • All hoists should be fitted with an efficient braking device capable of supporting the platform and load in event of a failure of the lifting gear.


  • Hoists should only be operated by an authorised person.
  • All ground level and landing gates must be kept closed whilst the hoist or platform or cage is in motion.
  • Passengers must never attempt to travel in hoists designed for goods only.
  • Hoists should never be operated in excess of the safe working load.


  • All hoists must be subjected to periodic examination by a competent person in line with LOLER regulations requiring lifting gear to be thoroughly inspected at a minimum of every 6 months.
  • Passenger lifts must be examined to test safety devices after each time the height of the hoist way is altered.


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