The purpose of this code is to set out safety rules concerning
passenger, goods and service lifts, in order to protect persons and
property against the various accident hazards.
There are many national standards and regulations for lifts,
and they differ in many points of detail. Some of the differences
are due to circumstances peculiar to the countries concerned;
most of them, however, are due to the fact that the standards and
regulations have been drawn up without co-ordination and at
different times. These differences could therefore be reduced to
a minimum.
This code lays down safety principles corresponding to present-
day techniques of lift construction and installation. It is not
mandatory, and its purpose is above all to offer guidance. Coun-
tries that have not yet promulgated standards or regulations on the
question maysubject to changes dictated by national needs
draw on the code when drafting such provisions, and countries
where relevant national standards or regulations are already in
force may consider the possibility of amending those provisions
in accordance with its recommendations.
The code is not based on a compilation of existing standards
and regulations, although these have been taken into account
wherever possible.
Study of the various kinds of accidents involving damage to
people or property which can occur in connection with lifts has
led to the following classifications:
Kinds of possible accidents: (a) shearing; (b) crushing;
(c) fall; (d) physical shock; (e) trapping; (f) fire; (g) electric
shock; (h) damage to equipment; (i) wear; and (j) corrosion.
Persons to be safeguarded: (a) users in general (non-instructed);
(b) authorised and instructed users; (c) installation, main-

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