Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Escalators should be inspected daily during startup and shut off to reduce hazards. The Canadian Standards Association’s CSA B44 sets out safety standards for elevators and escalators. 

Here are some common things you should look for during your escalator inspections:

  • Ensure obstructions are not lodged in the gaps between the step and side panel (“skirt”)
  • If your escalator infrastructure is aging, consider adding brushes to the side panel to stop objects and shoes from getting caught
  • Ensure areas where passengers mount and dismount (landing/comb plates) are clear of obstructions
  • Ensure landing/comb plates and step edges are painted yellow for accessibility
  • Ensure adequate lighting on landings/comb plates and steps
  • Ensure there are no broken “teeth” on the steps
  • Ensure proper signage is installed and visible i.e. strollers and carts are prohibited signage
  • Check for unusual noises and vibrations 
  • Ensure the escalator is operating at the proper speed
  • Ensure the escalator speed and handrails operate at a consistent speed
  • Ensure emergency stop buttons are visible and operating correctly
  • Apply friction-reducing product to the side panel monthly if your escalator is an older model
  • Maintain good housekeeping
  • Ensure all maintenance and inspections are documented 

Staying on top of escalator inspections is critical for preventive maintenance and accident prevention; but it can be challenging, especially in large facilities.

How can digitization streamline your escalator inspection and documentation process?

Digital inspection tools help to ensure that each of your escalators are inspected. They provide an overview of inspection statuses so you always have an up-to-date picture of your facility’s inspections - including those that are near-due, due, overdue or have deficiencies. Inspectors are also provided with a clear picture of their remaining inspections to ensure none are missed. On-the-spot guidance is available to assist inspectors so they know they are inspecting the right location, reducing the likelihood of accidental false-reporting. Inspectors also have the ability to add detailed notes and photos for each inspection. Digital solutions provide an automatic workflow so that all the right stakeholders are looped in automatically, making the post-inspection process seamless. Inspection documentation is organized, easily accessible and stored as per record retention requirements. 
Inspection data is also collected to generate powerful analytics (i.e., peak months for incidents, trends in malfunctions, etc.,) and help you forecast where resources are needed.

Inspecting your escalators daily will reduce hazards, prevent injuries and ensure due diligence - and digital solutions can make the process even easier. 
Elevate your escalator inspections by going digital with Tap Report.

Note: on top of daily escalator inspections, your escalators should be maintained by service technicians at the frequency outlined in your service contract.

Other resources that may interest you: 

Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)
Canadian Standards Association (CSA