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9.4.10 Hoistway Housekeeping
The hoistway should be kept clean. Build-up of lint, dirt and trash on beams, ledges, brackets
and hoistway entrance sills presents a serious fire hazard. A spark can and does cause a fast
moving flash fire.
9.5.1 Pit Housekeeping
Determine whether the pit is clear of refuse, water, or combustible material or is being used for
storage. Trash and dirt in the pit is an extreme hazard. Fire potential becomes a great concern.
This not only means dirt on the floor, but it also means dirt and dust on the equipment that can be
considered a health hazard. Be sure they are kept clean and dry. Check the operation of the pit
9.5.2 Pit Stop Switch
Where a pit stop switch is provided, check the type, location, and operation with the car
moving in the up direction. open switch and try to move the car. The car should not move when
this switch is open.
9.5.3 Car Frame (Sling) And Platform
Examine the portion of the car frame accessible from the pit and determine whether all
fastenings, including those between the car frame and the platform are securely in place and that
the frame is not distorted. Examine the frame and platform members and their fastenings. Many
cars have been seriously overloaded, resulting in the fracture of sling members or other damage.
Distorted or straightened members, blistered paint, exuded rust from between members or around
bolts or rivets, and oil bubbles on members, may all be clues to a cracked or fractured member.
Where examination reveals the possibility of a fracture, a complete check should be made.
9.5.4 Car And Counterweight Bottom Guide Shoes
Examine the car and counterweight guiding members and their fastenings to determine that
they are properly secured, aligned, and adjusted, and that they are not worn excessively.
9.5.5 Car And Counterweight Safety Parts
Determine that all moving parts of the safety are lubricated, not corroded, free to operate, and
that under ordinary operating conditions, the clearance between the guide rail and each rail


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