Passenger Lifts

Wheelchair lifts

Wheelchair lifts are designed specifically for moving a wheelchair and its user up and down, whether it be a flight of stairs of vertically between floors. This is important as many buildings now are legally bound to provide wheelchair access but traditional lifts can be expensive to install.

Why Use Wheelchair Lifts

Providing wheelchair access is something that many companies seek to do. Customers and workers who are wheelchair bound are as important to companies as any other person, and so gaining them access to the buildings, and allowing them to travel between floors, is important.

It is also a legal requirement in some instances, so it is important that various companies provide such facilities to disabled users.

They are also tremendously useful for disabled people at home. Easily operated one man wheelchair lifts can allow wheelchair users access to move of a house than if they were unable to access upper levels, and stops the need for having everything on one level it simply gives more options.

Wheelchair lifts are considerably less expensive than their more traditional cousins. Normal lift solutions require you to install shafts, fit motor rooms, cable systems, cabins etc and require considerable costs in maintenance, auditing and repair.

Wheelchair lifts on the other-hand cost a fraction of that. Because they are simply platforms that are raised and lowered they do not need anything like the complex equipment needed to transport multi-user cabins. This saves on cost, maintenance and repair bills.

Types of Wheelchair Lifts

Almost all wheelchair lifts are what we call 'platform' lifts. These are lifts that work by raising and lowering platforms rather than cabins. There are two major types of platform lift that work for wheelchair access.
  1. The vertical platform. As it's name implies this type of platform is raised and lowered vertically. It will usually need to go through the floor/ceiling, and so a hole will need to be cut to allow for it's passage. But it doesn't require a shaft or motor room so costs are kept down dramatically. It is also very useful for simple movement between floors. Like all wheelchair lifts it is simply a matter of rolling on then off the platform at the right times.

  2. Inclined platform. This type of wheelchair lift is designed specifically to work at an angle. This is most common used on stairs and is especially popular in schools etc, where wheelchair access is needed but fitting vertical platform lifts can be difficult. Also a little cheaper than the vertical style lift as no further work is needed, such as cutting of holes. Not all stair cases are suited to this, due to width or changes of angle.
Wheelchair lifts can be essential for wheelchair uses to access buildings and use facilities properly, and they provide cost effective solutions when compared against normal lifts. So if your consideration is allowing disabled access rather than moving numbers of people between floors make sure that you consider using wheelchair lifts

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