‘Avoid picking inept contractors for lift maintenance’

THE lackadaisical attitude of the Joint Management Body (JMB) and Management Corporation (MC) of residential highrises in appointing incompetent contractors for elevator maintenance is seen as one of the reasons for the never-ending lift breakdowns.

Malaysian Elevators and Escalators Association (Malea) president Franky Ho Kai Satt said this happened because the building management wanted to save costs without thinking about the residents’ safety.

“The building management should have appointed only certified contractors listed by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

“There are building owners that appoint incompetent elevator maintenance firms or unregistered contractors just to save costs and even some maintenance is done just to meet the minimum requirements,” he said.

He also said that the maintenance and inspection on the safety level of elevators should be done periodically according to standards set by the authorities without any compromise to ensure the mechanical level of all elevators is in perfect condition at all times.

Ho said residents’ reluctance pay the maintenance fee is also a factor that contributed to poor maintenance of lifts.

Since there is no fund, elevator maintenance could not be done, he added.

Malea, in collaboration with DOSH, also organises technical training related to elevator maintenance.

Meanwhile, DOSH director-general Omar Mat Piah said elevator owners must ensure that the machines were safe and could be used at any time in accordance with Section 17 (1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994.

Failing which, he said, it would expose elevator users to the risk of accidents.

“All elevator maintenance work must be carried out by a person who is qualified, trained and registered with DOSH.

“It has to be a competent person (OYK) from a competent firm (FYK),” he added.

Omar said a thorough inspection of the physical condition and safety level of an elevator should be carried out at least once a month.

“Elevators have to be maintained by technicians from a FYK at least once a month.

“A repeat examination will be conducted by an OYK together with a DOSH officer every 15 months to renew the certificate of fitness (CF) of the elevator.

“The approval for the design has to be obtained first from DOSH before the elevator is installed to ensure the machine is in safe condition.

“After that, the elevator has to undergo load testing and safety function test before the CF is issued for a period of 15 months,” he added.

Omar said actions such as issuing of repair notices, or court action could be taken if DOSH found the elevator unsafe to use.

He said care and maintenance played an important role in determining the lifespan of an elevator.

For the record, a total of 70,005 elevators were registered at DOSH from January to August this year nationwide.

Out of that number, 6,783 elevators were without CF, inactive, faulty or damaged.

Since 2019 until August this year, 11 untoward incidents involving lifts were reported by DOSH, with six of the cases in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor (two) and one case each in Sarawak, Penang and Melaka. — Bernama

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