Current as of: 2010
(1) The purpose of this chapter is to provide for safety of life and limb and to ensure that the safe design, mechanical and electrical operation, erection, installation, alteration, maintenance, inspection and repair of elevators, escalators, moving walks, platform lifts, material lifts, and dumbwaiters, and all such operation, erection, installation, alteration, maintenance, inspection and repair subject to the provisions of this chapter shall be reasonably safe to persons and property and in conformity with the provisions of this chapter. The use of unsafe and defective lifting devices imposes a substantial probability of serious and preventable injury to employees and the public exposed to unsafe conditions. The prevention of these injuries and the protection of employees and the public from unsafe conditions is in the best interest of the people of this state. Personnel performing work covered by this chapter must, by documented training or experience or both, be familiar with the operation and safety functions of the components and equipment and be licensed in accordance with this chapter. Training and experience shall include, but are not limited to, recognizing the safety hazards and performing the procedures to which they are assigned in conformance with the requirements of this chapter. This chapter establishes the minimum acceptable standards for personnel performing all inspections required in this chapter.
(2) This chapter is not intended to prevent the use of systems, methods or devices of equivalent or superior quality, strength, fire resistance, code effectiveness, durability and safety to those required by this chapter, provided that there is technical documentation to demonstrate the equivalency of the system, method or device, as prescribed in this chapter and the rules adopted under this chapter.