limited use and the types of construction of the structures served, full compliance with Parts I and
II of the A17.1 Code is not practicable or necessary. Special purpose personnel elevator cars
have a traction, winding drum, screw, or rack and pinion driving machine. As in the case of
other special application elevators the equipment variety is wide, and in most instances unique.
Refer to the A17.1 Code, A17.2 Manual and other parts of this publication for inspection
information which is applicable to the specific components found on these unusual elevators.
Absolute review of each equipment combination and conditions of operation is not possible. The
practical approach combines the inspector's common sense with general principles which apply
to the safe and suitable operation of elevators in general. Special purpose elevators are defined
by A17.1 Code, Rule 1502.9. Rated capacity may not exceed 650 pounds, with no more than
nine square feet of area inside the car. Speed is limited to 200 feet per minute or less.
6.4.2 Inside The Car Inspection
184.108.40.206 Enclosure. Car enclosures can be solid or openwork, which will reject a ball 1" in
diameter. Minimum clear height inside the car is 78" Cars should be structurally adequate and
securely fastened to the car platform. Glass can be used in vision panels and light fixture only.
Check all these items. Car capacity and inside area should be checked. Any additions or
alterations that might have changed the car weight should be reported. Only equipment required
for elevator operation should be allowed inside the car. Examine the car floor and platform.
Both should be sturdy and without damage. Look for any loose fastenings.
220.127.116.11 Illumination. Car light and switch are required. Check that both are operating, not
damaged and securely fastened.
18.104.22.168 Car Door and Gate. Cars must have gates or doors of solid or openwork construction.
Openwork must reject a 1" diameter ball; collapsing gates a 3" diameter ball. Examine the gate
or door. Note any broken, damaged or rusted components. Operate the gate/door; it should
move freely. Guiding means should be securely fastened and not worn enough to allow the door
or gate to leave the support and guiding means. Car doors and gates must be equipped with
means to lock the door with the car away from the floor, and to prevent operation if a door is not
fully closed. Verify this operation at each floor and with the car door/gate open. Means to open
the hoistway doors at each landing, even if the car is away, should be provided. Check this
feature while verifying hoistway door locking arrangement for proper operation. An emergency
exit is not required and should not be provided in most instances. Means to summon assistance
in emergency by alarm or two-way communication means such as telephone are required, and
should be checked for proper operation.