NOTE: Paragraphs identified with a vertical line in the left margin are inspections that should
be made by certified Vertical Transportation Equipment Inspectors only.
The inspection of manlifts included in this chapter is not only an inspection of all safety
related functions, but is also an inspection to determine the condition of the equipment and
identify areas that need improvement. Proper maintenance is needed to keep the manlift
operating. When preventive maintenance is lacking, shut downs will occur. In this chapter we
will identify specific published safety standards which relate directly to the inspection procedure
being followed in this text. It is intended that each noted standard should be reviewed as it is
identified. Safety as well as performance considerations of the inspection will be addressed in
the following text. See Figures 10-1 and 10-2, which show various manlift arrangements with
component names that will be used in this chapter.
The purpose of this inspection is to review the entire manlift installation to ascertain that the
equipment is being properly maintained and is in a safe operating status. Because the operation
and use of manlifts are by nature very dangerous, the inspection should be directed toward those
areas such as safety ropes, limit switches, belt integrity and guards, standing and boarding
surfaces and the treads and handholds that directly relate to the safe operation by the user
Manlifts are generally used to transport working personnel in flour and feed mills, paper pulp
plants, warehouses, filtration plants, power plants, chemical plants, and parking garages. They
are provided for the exclusive use of certain designated operating or maintenance personnel when
vertical transportation of such persons is required for a distance of two or more floors. No
persons other than such employees are permitted to ride on the units.