Hempstead, New York (PressExposure) March 04, 2011 -- Wheelchair lifts are the ideal means to improve wheelchair user mobility in public buildings such as churches, hospitals, offices, malls, schools, libraries, care homes, and other places where access is needed over a stairway.
Versatile Models of Commercial Wheelchair Lifts
To ensure smooth and safe movement between the floors of commercial buildings, Wheelchair lift manufacturers offer the equipment in various specifications and with user-friendly features. Vertical, inclined and portable models of commercial wheelchair lifts can be operated with and without power.
- Vertical wheelchair lifts are lifting platforms that move passengers through floors in a vertical manner.
- The compact inclined platform lift moves up and down along a guide rail over a stairway. It is easily installed on most straight staircases, both indoors or outdoors. It is a great space-saving option when you need access to a secondary level, but when it is not practical to install an elevator or vertical lift. It can be folded up when not in use.
- Commercial portable wheelchair lifts are the optimal choice where stairways or elevated platforms are a barrier. They are built to accommodate wheelchairs of varying sizes, and can be used both indoor and outdoors, as no electricity, battery or hydraulic components are necessary to operate them. Portable wheelchair lifts allow the user to access elevated platforms, stages, porches and outdoor bleachers.
Quality Products for Safe Accessibility
Wheelchair lifts have to be installed in accordance with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) specifications. The safety of the lift must comply with ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) standards. The wheelchair lift user must be able to fully operate the device without the assistance of another person.
Products from manufacturers such as Savaria Concord, ThyssenKrupp Access and Adaptive Engineering are ADA compliant and therefore ensure safe access within commercial buildings. The main safety features of commercial wheelchair lifts are:
- Emergency stop button
- Non-skid platform
- Automatic access ramps
- Audio visual alarm
- Slack cable switch
- Safety brake
- Door interlock
- Obstruction sensors
- Emergency alarm and lighting
- Key lock controls
Some models come with, fire service function and emergency lowering hand crank, user safety belt, and a prehensile rubber track.
Choose Your Dealer
To get a safe and user-friendly wheelchair lift installed, seek professional help from an established dealer. You would get help to choose and install the wheelchair lift best suited to the commercial facility, and also be assured of timely maintenance and inspection services.