Manitoba will now require that elevating devices for people with physical disabilities be inspected regularly and carry a valid permit.
The new rule means such devices will be treated the same way as elevators. The new inspection requirement does not extend to lifts in private homes.
Jennifer Howard, the minister responsible for persons with disabilities, made the announcement today.
"The safety and security of all Manitobans is important to our government. We want to be sure any kind of lifting device is working properly and has been carefully inspected," said Howard. "A person can be injured if something goes wrong regardless of whether the lift is a few feet or a few stories off the ground."
The new regulation requires:
- drawings and specifications be approved before an elevator is installed,
- initial inspections be conducted prior to a permit being issued and an elevator put into service, and
- periodic re-inspections and permit renewals based on the age and condition of the equipment be conducted.
In addition to the new rules for inspections, the province will increase permit and approval fees by about 10 per cent, the minister said, noting this is the first fee increase since 2005.
The new fees will help offset the additional workload of elevator inspectors from Inspection and Technical Services Manitoba, which is part of the Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC).