Freight elevators do not carry a crowd of people, but they do carry heavy loads and a few people who are there to manage the load and maneuver it. Because freight elevators are commonplace in commercial and residential buildings, they need a regular elevator inspection in order to ensure their safety and optimal functionality. Keep this information in mind about the types of freight elevators and why they need to be inspected.
Most residential and commercial buildings have Class A freight elevators. This type of a freight elevator is general purpose. These devices are designed to have loads put onto the platform either manually or with hand trucks or dollies. Any single item loaded onto the elevator’s platform should not weigh more than 1/4 the capacity of the elevator. They need inspections for electronic and mechanical concerns.
A Class B freight elevator is made for motor vehicle loading. These are not as common. Car dealerships and repair centers may use them for moving vehicles around multi-level showrooms and workspaces. These elevators may also be used for loading and unloading in the city’s ports, airports, trains and other major economic facilities. They need inspections in order to ensure that they can handle the load of a motor vehicle.
The Class C freight elevators are for industrial truck loading. They may handle both a truck and the truck’s load. The combined weight of the truck and its load cannot exceed the elevator’s capacity. Some of the Class C freight elevators accept loads put into place by a forklift. These elevators may reach up to 150 percent of their weight capacity for a short time.
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