9.2.3 Hoistway Doors
Doors shall be at least 6'-6" high and reject a ball 3/4" in diameter. Check construction for
limit of deflection. open and close each manually opened hoistway door, examine each, including
any hand-operated latches, and note any broken glass panels in solid type doors or any structural
defectors in the frames. Where vision panels are provided, note the type of glass used in the
panel and whether it is securely in place. Try to open the door. Doors should be openable from
the car only. Doors at the lowest landing may have unlocking means. The door should not open.
If it can be opened, the lock or latch is defective, or the door has sagged so that the lock or latch
is not engaging properly. The doors are not required to have interlocks as do elevators.
9.3 INSIDE THE CAR INSPECTION
9.3.1 Car Doors
Examine the car door and note any broken, bent or sprung members. Operate doors to
determine that they operate freely and that bottom sill-guide tracks or bottom guiding members
are in place, securely fastened, and are not worn enough to permit the doors or gates to travel.
Car doors are required to have an electrical contact, which prevents car movement unless the
door is closed. The contract should be positioned such that it is not accessible from inside the
car. If a gate is provided on the side away from the structure, it shall be mechanically locked
unless the car is at the ground level. Doors are considered closed when the open area does not
9.3.2 Car Enclosure
Determine that the car enclosure is structurally sound and is securely fastened. Determine that
capacity plates and any required certificates are posted in the car. Report any evidence of
alterations or additions to the car which have materially changed the car weight. Examine
lighting fixtures to determine whether they are securely fastened and have the required
protection. Determine that sufficient illumination is provided.
9.3.3 Operating And Control Devices
All operating and signalling devices should be operating properly. If the hoist is made to
function by applying continuous pressure on the operating buttons, operate the car in each
direction by means of the operating buttons or other devices to determine that they do not stick or
bind, are properly marked, and that the car stops when released. When an automatic leveling
device is provided, the accuracy of stopping in both directions of travel should be noted at
landings to determine whether any readjustments are necessary. If the hoist function is
automatic, establish calls to operate the car, making stops in both the up and down direction.