Grenfell tragedy spurs supplier to offer lift installation advice

Grenfell Tower. Photo by Gurbuz Binici /Getty Images

Terry Lifts has offered installers advice on best practice lift installation in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, which sparked concerns for people with limited mobility living in tower blocks around the country.

The company said that the recent events in London have illustrated the importance to specifiers of obtaining the correct specification in both large and domestic building adaptations where separating fire barriers are removed and floor structures exposed to failure through fire.

Terry Lifts has offered this advice: When considering the installation of any through-floor lift (whether the lift car is enclosed or unenclosed, with no liftway, or a liftway involved) the primary areas of concern must be:

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  1. Will the horizontal fire separation which existed prior to the adaptation be adequately replaced?
  2. Will the structure around the lift area be adequately protected in the event of fire?

“It is imperative that any specified product and product installation must demonstrate full compliance with the Machinery Directive, Building Regulations and BS5900:2012, all of which have been written with the safety of the building occupiers and emergency services in mind. Furthermore as every site will differ it is imperative that the local Building Control Officer has conducted a site visit to ensure structural alterations and fire protections are to standard,” commented Greg Gnyp, engineering director of Terry Lifts.

“Any professional manufacturer will be able to present fire test certificates from an approved accredited laboratory, together with Notified Body certification showing compliance with BS5900:2012 (or it’s relevant parts in the case of enclosed through floor lifts).  Without these documents and without the involvement of Building Control the risk of a dangerous solution is significantly increased.”

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