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Equipment for Lifting People

There should not be a need, other than by virtue of use of a passenger lift, or mobile elevated working platform (or similar means), for anyone in the University to be required to lift another person. Where there is a considered need to lift a person by using physical effort, this should be covered under a risk assessment under manual handling.

The University will ensure that equipment used for lifting people is designed so to prevent people being crushed, trapped or struck or falling from the carrier (this includes passenger lifts). There must also be suitable devices to prevent the carrier falling and a means of rescuing people trapped in a carrier. The University will ensure that persons involved in lift rescue are competent to fulfil this role.

Where there is a considered need to lift a person by using physical effort this should be covered by a risk assessment under manual handling.

The University will ensure that equipment used for lifting people is designed so as to prevent people being crushed, trapped or struck or falling from the carrier (this includes passenger lifts.) There must also be suitable devices to prevent the carrier falling and a means of rescuing people trapped in a carrier. Estates are responsible for ensuring that passenger lifts are designed, installed and maintained to the required safety standards. They are also responsible for ensuring that persons are rescued if they become trapped in a loft and have arrangements in place to manage such incidents. Any person involved in a lift rescue will have been deemed competent to fulfil this role.