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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)

Regulations

Lift, Escalator and Passenger Conveyor Regulations, 2010

7. Maintenance

 

(1) The user shall designate a competent lift service provider to examine and maintain a lift, escalator or passenger conveyor at least once a month or at such longer intervals as may be prescribed by the manufacturer of such lift, escalator or passenger conveyor: Provided that an inspector may prescribe such examining intervals as he or she may deem necessary.

 

(2) At an examination contemplated in subregulation (1), the competent lift service provider shall examine the parts of a lift, escalator or passenger conveyor as prescribed by the relevant manufacturer or by an inspector: Provided that in the case of a lift, he or she shall test all the gates and door locks at each examination: Provided further that the suspension ropes of a lift shall be examined at six-monthly intervals and that the lift safety gear, over speed governor and buffers shall be tested at intervals not exceeding 12 months.

 

(3) If maintenance or an examination carried out in terms of subregulation (1) or a test carried out in terms of subregulation (2) shows that a weakness or defect exists  whereby persons are endangered, the competent lift service provider shall report the weakness or defect immediately to the user and the provincial director, and no person shall be conveyed in or allowed to be conveyed in or on such lift, escalator or passenger conveyor or to enter such access goods only lift until such defect has been rectified to the satisfaction of an inspection service provider.

 

(4) The user of a lift, escalator or passenger conveyor shall immediately take steps to stop the working thereof and to prevent the starting thereof if its use is or is likely to be dangerous to persons.

 

(5) The user of a lift, escalator or passenger conveyor and the competent lift service provider responsible for the examinations contemplated in subregulation (1) or test  contemplated in subregulation (2) shall immediately notify the provincial director in writing of the name and address of the competent lift service provider carrying out such examinations or tests.

 

(6) The competent lift service provider shall notify the provincial director and the user immediately in writing if a lift, escalator or passenger conveyor is found to be in operation without a valid comprehensive report issued in terms of regulation 6 that is kept in the machine compartment in terms of regulation 8.