The "Nine Elevator Industry Safety Absolutes" were created by NAEC and the NEII Safety Committee. They are best practices for maximizing safety and preventing injuries.

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The 9 Safety Absolutes include the following:

  1. CAR TOP ACCESS

    Always maintain control of car; use door lock and stopper correctly; verify door safety and all switches independently; ensure stop switches are activated when exiting car top; secure working area.
  2. PIT ACCESS

    Always maintain control of car; use door lock and stopper correctly; activate and verify pit stop switch; use ladder safely; turn on pit light; deactivate stop switch after exiting; secure working area.
  3. MECHANICAL STORED ENERGY

    Bring equipment to zero energy state; avoid pinch points; do not wear loose clothing and be careful when wearing gloves; ensure all loads are stable and secure; do not put yourself in the line of fire.
  4. FALL PROTECTION

    Always wear proper personal protective equipment and tie off when a fall hazard exists; inspect your fall protection system every time; be aware of your surroundings; ensure proper guardrails are used.
  5. FALSE CARS & RUNNING PLATFORMS

    Perform inspection of equipment prior to use; operate with at least two means of safety; always assemble/disassemble at the lowest landing; do not overload; install a protective barrier between cars.
  6. HOISTING & RIGGING

    Ensure hoisting & rigging plan is in place; know the weight of the load and that equipment is rated appropriately; do not stand or walk under hoisted load; use certified equipment & inspect before each use; ensure load will clear all obstructions.
  7. JUMPERS

    Do not install jumpers on the safety circuit when elevator is on automatic operation; only use company approved jumpers and inspect prior to use; account for all jumpers at all times; always notify co-workers jumpers are being used; use a jumper tag; understand how your jumpers will affect the entire system.
  8. ELECTRICAL SAFE WORK PRACTICES

    Lock out and tag out if power is not required; test meter on known source before use; probe with one hand to verify circuits; use certified tools; inspect before each use and prevent incidental contact; always protect high voltage exposed live circuits.
  9. LOCK OUT / TAG OUT

    Ensure there are no passengers and cab is secure; lock out and tag out (LOTO) if power is not required; follow company LOTO procedures; verify the correct system has been de-energized; follow electrical safe work practices.

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