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Goods Lift Installation: What you need to know

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Our aim is to make your goods lift installation as hassle-free as possible. Here’s our guide to the process, and what you can expect when we come to install your goods lift.

Key Takeaways 

  • Understand your lift usage requirements
  • Make sure the intended lift site is suitable and has access for installation
  • Choose the right goods lift installation company
  • Plan for regular maintenance and servicing after installation

What’s involved in a Goods lift installation?

When it comes to installing a goods lift in your building, it’s important to understand the process and what it entails. Don’t worry if this feels complex, we’ll work closely with you to guide you through the process. We will ensure your installation is as easy as possible with minimal business interruption.

1. Goods Lift Usage Requirements

It’s important to assess your requirements and choose the right type of lift for you. This will depend on a number of factors, including the size of space available, the number of floors you want to connect, and your budget.

2. Site Preparation

Once you have chosen the right type of lift for your property, the next step is to prepare the site for installation. We carry out a thorough risk assessment to identify and mitigate any potential risks. We’ll also need to make sure the area is clean and free from any obstructions, as well as making sure that the lift shaft is properly constructed (see next point).

3. Lift Shaft / Void Space

Constructing the lift shaft where the lift will travel. We will work with your building’s architects and engineers to ensure that the lift shaft is constructed to the required specifications. This may involve reinforcing the walls and floors and installing fire protection measures.

4. Assembling the Goods Lift Package

The lift installation then continues onto fitting the lift car, installing the lift motor and control system, and connecting the lift to the power supply. Throughout this process, we’ll ensure we work to the safety and quality.

5. Goods Lift Commissioning

Each lift installation is then tested and commissioned at this stage before the lift is signed off as meeting safety standards and as LOLER compliant.

6. Goods Lift User Training

UK Service Lifts will provide training to lift operators, such as bar or restaurant staff to ensure that your newly installed lift can be operated correctly and safely. We’ll give you maintenance tips to ensure that your lift has longevity, and that your lift continues to work smoothly and safely.

7. Documentation & Health and Safety Binder

All of the information about the lift including the wiring diagrams and drawings will be left on site in a suitable binder together with health and safety information. In addition we will provide a link to find the service history of the lift.

Safety Measures During a Goods Lift Installation

At UK Service Lifts, our top priority is safety during any goods lift installation. Here are just some of the measures we will take during the process:

  • Risk Assessment: We’ve already mentioned this in the guide above, but it’s an important first step and helps us to ensure that the installation is safe for everyone involved and any potential hazards are dealt with before we start the lift installation.
  • Compliance with Regulations: We ensure that all our installations comply with the relevant regulations, including the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 – for Goods Lifts.
  • Training and Certification: Our Goods Lifts installation engineers are highly trained and certified to carry out installations safely. They undergo regular training to keep up with the latest safety standards and regulations.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): During the goods lift installation, our engineers wear the appropriate PPE to protect themselves from any potential hazards. This helps to minimise the risk of injury during the installation process.
  • Safe Working Practices: We follow safe working practices during the installation process to minimise the risk of accidents.
  • Post-installation safety: We will provide thorough training in the operation of the lift as well as a health and safety handover folder.
  • Repair and Maintenance: Keep reading for an overview on this.
Goods Lift Installation engineer in a lift shaft
Goods Lift Installation engineer in a lift shaft

Maintenance and Servicing after Installation

Regular maintenance and servicing are essential to ensure great performance, legal compliance, and most importantly, peace of mind that your lift is operating at optimum efficiency and safety.

We offer extensive lift maintenance and service packages to ensure that your lift runs smoothly and safely. Our team of experienced engineers will carry out regular maintenance and servicing at intervals that suit you, ensuring that your lift is always in top condition.

Regular maintenance and servicing not only ensure that your lift is operating safely and efficiently, but it can also help to extend the lifespan of your lift. By identifying and fixing issues early on, we can prevent more serious and costly problems from occurring in the future.

Goods Lift LOLER inspections

Lifting equipment – in this case goods lifts – and its related accessories used for lifting people should undergo inspection every six months according to LOLER regulations.

If the Goods Lift is only lifing cargo then a LOLER inspection is only required every 12 months.

Read our guide to a Goods Lift LOLER inspection.

Want to know more about Lift Installation?

Contact our friendly team who will be happy to answer any questions you might have about choosing the right Goods Lift for your use case and location. Or if you have a lift already and want to have it serviced or LOLER inspected as part of the Health and Safety at Work Act requirements then let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

What factors affect the cost of goods lift installation?

The cost of lift installation can vary depending on several factors. Some of these factors include the type of lift being installed, the size and weight capacity of the lift, the location of the installation, and the complexity of the installation. Additionally, the cost may also depend on any customisations or additional features you may want to add to the lift.

What are the safety regulations for goods lift installation in the UK?

In the UK, lift installations are subject to strict safety regulations. These regulations are in place to ensure the safety of both the users of the lift and those working on the installation. Some of the key safety regulations include the requirement for regular maintenance and inspections, the use of safety features such as emergency stop buttons and safety switches, and the installation of appropriate signage and warning devices.

What is the typical timeline for a goods lift installation?

The timeline for lift installation can vary depending on several factors. Some of these factors include the type of lift being installed, the size and weight capacity of the lift, and the complexity of the installation. Generally, the installation process can take anywhere from a few days to several weeks. However, it is important to note that the timeline may be affected by factors such as weather conditions, site accessibility, and any unforeseen issues that may arise during the installation process.

How often should I schedule goods lift maintenance after lift installation?

After installation, it is important to schedule regular lift maintenance to ensure the lift remains safe and functional. The frequency of maintenance may depend on several factors, including the type of lift, the amount of use the lift receives, and any specific requirements set out by the manufacturer. Generally, it is recommended that lifts be serviced at least once a year, with more frequent servicing for lifts that are heavily used.

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