Why Modernising Existing Lifts

Lift is an important mode of transport which we use every day in Hong Kong, a city with a high density of tall buildings. They are usually heavily used and wear and tear of the parts is inevitable. It is required by law that the Responsible Persons (RPs) (including lift owners, and those who have the management or control of lifts) should ensure their lifts are properly maintained.

The lifts in Hong Kong are installed in different decades. Although they adopted the level of technology appropriate at the time of installation, there is room for improvement to make them safer, more reliable and comfortable with the rapid technology advancement in recent years. It must however be emphasised that, with proper maintenance and periodic examination, the existing lifts are safe for use.

Duties of Responsible Persons for Lifts

According to the Lifts and Escalators Ordinance (Cap. 618), RPs shall ensure that lifts are kept in a proper state of repair and in safe working order. For maintenance works, the RPs shall employ a registered lift contractor to carry out the periodic maintenance for the lift at intervals not exceeding one month, and arrange a registered lift engineer to examine the lift thoroughly at intervals not exceeding 12 months.

Where major alteration/modernisation works is necessary, RPs shall employ a registered lift contractor to carry out the works for their lifts. Upon completion of major alteration/modernisation works, RPs shall arrange a registered lift engineer to examine the lifts before the lifts resume normal use and operation.

Tips for Modernising Existing Lifts

The RPs should consider factors such as space availability, technical feasibility and cost implications before deciding on whether to replace major components of existing lifts or install new safety equipment.

RPs could also consider total replacement of existing lifts to bring the lifts up to prevalent safety standards.

Applicable Solutions for Enhancing Requirements of Existing Lifts

Applicable Solutions for Enhancing Requirements of Existing Lifts 
1. Install a double brake system 
2. Install an unintended car movement protection device on the brake system 
3. Install an ascending car overspeed protection device 
4. Install advanced car door mechanical lock and door safety edge 
5. Add an Intercom & CCTV system 
6. Install an obstruction switch to protect suspension ropes 
7. Add automatlc rescue devices

Relevant Information on Lift Modernisation

Funding Assistance for Lift Modernisation