Elevating Safety Order Hydraulic Elevators with Single Bottom Cylinder

14 December 2010

Reference #:  SO-L1 101214 1

This Safety Order applies to all hydraulic elevators installed below ground with single bottom cylinders. Most single bottom cylinders have been in the ground for 30 years or more. The potential for catastrophic failure due to separation of a single bottom from the cylinder increases with cylinder age.

Recent changes to Provincial regulations adopted the most current version of the CSA B44-2007 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (the “Code”), which requires modification of existing single bottom cylinder elevators by October 8, 2015. This Safety Order is intended to promote the orderly and efficient compliance of owners and contractors with the Code requirements.

The building owner or property manager should have complete a Safety Order Compliance Plan before February 1, 2014.

After the elevator has been retrofited, the building owner or property manager must then advise the BC Safety Authority of their compliance by completing a Safety Order Compliance Notification before October 8, 2015.

This safety order was issued in conjunction with information bulletin B-L4 101214 1.

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