Safety signs are something we regularly come across in everyday life. They provide a clear, visual indication of any hazards and inform us of the precautions we should take to avoid incidents. Given the nature of their role, lift engineers and those in construction are likely to encounter safety signs on a daily basis when working on site, making it essential that they are familiar with the different types.
Importance of safety signs
The job of a lift engineer isn’t without risk. They frequently work in confined spaces and use potentially dangerous equipment. Any hazards involved should therefore be clearly marked with a safety sign. This provides the engineer with clear information so they can carry out their work safely.
Safety signs not only encourage a safe working environment for engineers but also for members of the public. Signs are required when a lift is out of service and undergoing maintenance but may also be needed when the lift or escalator is functioning to protect and prevent the public from using it in an unsafe manner. It is the responsibility of the Lift Maintenance Engineer to inform the owner or building maintenance teams of exactly which safety signs are required.
If a safety sign isn’t used and an accident occurs, there could be repercussions for the lift company or lift maintenance company.
Types of safety signs
Safety signs can come in several different shapes, sizes and colours. They are never text-heavy, often using no words at all. This is because they may be difficult to read if the viewer isn’t near the sign or if their vision is obscured in some way. Instead, they utilise a series icons displayed in different colours depending on their function. For example, prohibition signs aim to stop someone performing a particular function and feature a red diagonal line through the middle. Other types of signs lift engineers will come across on site include warning, mandatory and emergency escape signs.
Without the use of text-based signs to spell out a hazard, it’s essential that engineers are familiar with the different types of warning signs and understand exactly what each one means.
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