While commonly installed in private residences, the RAM Trus<T>Lift (also known as wheelchair lift, vertical platform lift or VLP), also offers a commercial accessibility option to be used in public places that require admission to an area that would not otherwise be accessible to someone who uses a walker, wheelchair or scooter as a mobility assistance device. According to new regulations in most jurisdictions, anyone with limited mobility should have safe access to public spaces, which is why these devices exist.
In B.C., the code dictates that a wheelchair lift installed in a public location be permitted and installed based on CSA Code B355. In laymans terms, this means that the lift must be enclosed within a hoist way with a full height door on the lower level, and a gate or a door at the upper landing, with both entry points affixed with specialized locks that “talk” to the lift, keeping the doors locked until the lift reaches the station. Emergency alarms and lights are required, as are specific clearances surrounding the lift within the shaft.
Regardless of whether your project is of new construction or a building retrofit, a wheelchair lift can be easily incorporated into your barrier-free design with the help of custom engineered drawings from RAM Manufacturing. By installing a RAM Trust<T>Lift, you will eradicate the requirement for a long ramp that will use valued space in the surrounding travel paths. The hoist-way should always be constructed using site-specific drawings which will fully detail blocking locations for the tower support, rough openings for doors, and the structural requirements for your commercial lift. Commercial VPLs can be added into existing buildings, providing that space allows for the addition of the required shaft way and safety components. The licensed contractors at Roberts Elevators & Lifts have many years’ experience in the design and install process and are here to help with the progress along the way.
For information on the design requirements for a Commercial Trus<T>Lift, please contact us today.