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What to Include in Your Lift Inspection Checklist?

Posted by: Foo Soo Guan Date: 15 Jun 2023

Lift maintenance is finding, identifying, and resolving problems that could lead to a breakdown or malfunction, usually using a lift inspection checklist. Throughout its lifetime, a lift will need regular maintenance, statutory or other required lift inspections, and a programme of routine maintenance operations.

A maintenance schedule for the lifts keeps the building running smoothly and ensures convenience for occupants. A thorough lift inspection checklist can help ensure user safety and lower the cost of lift repairs.

Without a maintenance schedule, a malfunctioning lift component may go unnoticed until it requires costly repair. Particularly in buildings where elderly or ill residents must move between outside and their homes above the first floor, this major repair can be very expensive and create inconvenient usage downtime.

The quality of maintenance of a lift over the course of its life affects its value. A thorough lift maintenance checklist reduces the dangers owners and users may encounter.

A meticulous plan for maintaining a lift should: 

  • Help identify problems early so you can avoid costly repairs and part replacements
  • Ensure that the lift operates per the relevant codes
  • Verify that the lifts pass the necessary inspections
  • Safeguard lift users

.The legal requirements for the provision and use of lifts offer a framework to guarantee best practices and the safety of everyone using the lift

Lift Inspection checklist

The following items, organised according to where they are in the lift, should be on your maintenance checklist.

A. Inside the lift car

  • Verify that the door opens and closes smoothly without obstruction
  • Check the handrails, ceiling, and walls for damage
  • Check the lights, including those in the control panel, and replace the damaged ones
  • Verify that the lift user can call the local fire department/emergency helpline easily using the emergency phone

B. Outside the Car

  • Examine the door panels
  • Test the fire alarm systems
  • Fix any damaged lights on each floor’s lift door

C. Top of the Car

  • Examine cables for any signs of wear
  • Examine the brake system and perform a brake test
  • Make sure there is emergency access to a fire exit
  • inspect the hoistway for vandalism

D. Machine Room

  • Verify the oil levels and lubrication of systems
  • Eliminate anything that might obstruct access to the equipment
  • Inspect electrical wiring for any indications of a problem
  • Make sure technicians have enough headroom

E. The Pit

  • Ensure accessibility of the pit area
  • Look for any required clearance
  • Check for dirt, liquid, or debris

PTO (Permit to Operate) Inspection Services IN SIngapore

TÜV SÜD experts can conduct an independent evaluation to verify that the specified equipment is in good working order and operating as intended. This aims to provide an unbiased assessment of designated equipment for safe operation in accordance with regulatory and contractual requirements. We assist in checking the safety features of elevators and escalators according to local regulations with our expertise in safety and quality to ensure they meet safety standards. Reporting any deficiencies in correcting statutory deficiencies allows ‘for remedial action without unnecessary delay and risk to users.


A lift is a sound investment that helps raise the building’s value. For the vertical movement of wheelchair users and other non-mobile building users, as well as transportation of goods, lifts are indispensable. Monthly maintenance is crucial to assess the lift’s general health and address any issues. Routine inspections allow you to maintain the best possible quality and performance standards for your lift systems and equipment.


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