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6.2.2 Inside The Car Inspection Introduction. Division 101 of the A17.2 Manual describes the various inspections that
are made from inside the car. These should be followed with the special considerations noted
hereafter. Car Enclosure. Item 101.1 addresses inspection of the car enclosure. Tops are not
required on sidewalk elevators but the car should be enclosed with solid metal walls at least 6'-0"
high and be provided with gates on loading sides. Determine that bow-irons and stanchions are
solidly set, approximately symmetrical with the car center lines and suitably braced to withstand
impact when striking doors and covers. The overall enclosure should not have loose or missing
components or hardware. When something is missing or loose, total safety is compromised. A
common example on older sidewalk elevators is the lack of proper car enclosure and car gates.
Freight handling elevators are, by their intended use, subject to damage. Just because it is a
freight elevator, the degree of inspection should not be lessened. In fact, it should be
strengthened because of its vulnerability to damage. Car gates are a prime example, whether they
are of the open type construction (example: wire mesh, expanded metal, wooden slat, etc.) or
solid panel. Many times you will find damaged gates. Open type construction is very susceptible
to distortion and could result in compromising the protection required by the A17.1 Code. This
must be constantly checked. The same close examination should be given to the door system on
this type of elevator that is given to passenger type elevator doors. They are also essential to a
good operating elevator. Car Illumination. Item 101.2 addresses car illumination. Since sidewalk elevators
should be classified as freight elevators, emergency illumination is not required. Operating and Control Devices. Item 101.3 pertains to inspection of operating and
control devices. operation can be automatic or continuous pressure. However, operation of the
car through exterior openings that are protected by hinged doors or vertically lifting covers must
be by constant pressure controls located at the exterior location. Run to the limit of vertical
travel of the car to verify that the car will not travel through the exterior opening from car
controls. Also verify that the car will not operate unless all hoistway doors and car gates are
closed. Hoistway Inspection. Inspections normally made from the top of the car as addressed in
Division 103 of the A17.2 Manual should be made from inside the car, from the exterior landing
and from inside the hoistway (pit) because,of the lack of a car top.


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