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Elevators and Proprietary Systems

It has come to our attention recently that one major manufacturer of elevator control systems is offering "software updates" to installations that have been lost to competing maintenance contractors. Elevator owners should decline this offer, as the software update in...

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Class Action Settlement for ThyssenKrupp Sheave Jammer Usage

The Toronto lawyer handling the class action lawsuit against ThyssenKrupp Elevator regarding a certain product known as sheave jammers, announced on their website yesterday that a tentative settlement has been reached.  All owners of elevators with the affected...

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Machine Guarding

There's a very interesting article in this month's edition of Elevator World from an American lawyer arguing how OHSA's attempt to exert jurisdiction on elevator machine guarding is misguided and absurd - comparing it to The Trial by Kafka.

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Cab Weight Rules for Ontario

Effective May 2012 in Ontario, elevator cabs must be weighed to establish their weight before and after any changes that serve to alter weight.  This is significant because even if very little weight is added in the scope of a cab upgrade, the process may bring to...

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New Elevator Rules for Machine Guarding and Car Top Railings

Elevator owners are receiving proposals from contractors to accomplish guarding of their elevator machinery, as well as the construction of safety railings on elevator car tops. There is some confusion as to the implementation date of these requirements.  To clarify,...

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Checking Elevator Log Books

Most elevator owners in Ontario have been made aware by the provincial safety authority, TSSA, that is their responsibility to ensure minimum elevator safety tests have been logged.  However, this can be confusing to the site staff who are often told by the elevator...

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