Wind Tower Service Lifts
Elevator One brings unique skills, expertise and equipment to both windtower lift installation and maintenance that saves the owner significant time and money. Elevator One offers the experience and expertise necessary to navigate the challenging Ontario elevating regulatory marketplace. Windfarms are a growing reality in Ontario and their integrated Service Lifts are part of that new reality, however windfarm suppliers need an experienced elevating devices partner to successfully penetrate this marketplace.
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Elevator One is one of the highest TSSA ranked elevator contractors in Ontario (request a copy from our sales team of the latest TSSA Contractor Rating).
We’re the only Ontario TSSA licensed elevator company whose staff are both professional engineers and licensed EDM-A elevators mechanics.
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Elevator contractors, who regularly do business in Ontario, know that California and Ontario are the two most highly regulated elevator markets in North America. In the Province of Ontario, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is responsible for regulating wind turbine tower lift installation and maintenance. The TSSA enforces their powers and will shut down a site not in conformance with regulations; save time and money by contracting with Elevating Experts.
It is a challenging time in Ontario as there is new pending legislation A17.1/B44-2013 Safety Code for Elevators. Until formally adopted, TSSA has temporary powers to enforce requirements. Elevator One’s engineering department can help you navigate these unsure waters. From our experience and interactions with TSSA, here is current best description of the process.
Equipment Requirements A
For any new lift designs coming into the Ontario Market, the lifts should be manufactured (and installed) in conformance with the A17.1/B44-2013 Safety Code for Elevators. It is expected that Section 5.11 of this code will soon be formally adopted into legislation to apply to wind turbine tower lifts in Ontario.
Equipment Requirements B
For lift designs that have been previously installed in the Ontario Market, there is a registered Standard Design submission on file at TSSA, which was developed in conjunction with each manufacturer by applying a combination of the existing manlift codes, elevator codes, suspended platform codes and best practices out of Europe. It seems that installing and inspecting to these standard design submission documents will continue to be acceptable until the new A17.1/B44-2013 Safety Code for Elevators comes into force. At that time, any new lifts and documentation will have to be upgraded to reflect the new, more stringent requirements.
An engineering design submission must be completed by a Canadian Professional Engineer who is licensed to perform engineering services in the province of Ontario. This submission/conformance document must demonstrate conformance to the equipment requirements above. A design submission must be prepared for each individual elevating device and then registered and approved by TSSA’s engineers.
The lifts must be installed by a licensed EDM-A (Elevating Devices Mechanic – class A). The mechanic may utilize the assistance of one or more Mechanics-In-Training (EDM-T). These mechanic licences are administered and granted by TSSA for mechanics that have the required education and experience through the Ontario apprenticeship program. Each mechanic must continue to take the required continuing education courses to keep their licence current.
Initial Inspection Requirements
Once the lift is completely installed and pre-tested by the EDM-A elevator mechanic, the TSSA can be contacted to arrange for an initial inspection. Before coming, the inspector must know that the permanent power is on for the lift and that all of the construction work surrounding the lift is complete. Each lift must pass this initial inspection by a TSSA inspector, before the lift can be used by anyone other than the elevator mechanics. Please note that many lift electrical controllers do not have a CSA label and therefore the lift controller will require an Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) inspection and sticker before TSSA can licence the lift.
Lifts must be maintained annually by a licensed EDM-A mechanic. During this annual maintenance inspection, a full-load annual safety test must be performed on the lift as per sections 220.127.116.11.1-3 of the safety code. The rationale behind the requirement of annual full-load testing was that these lifts operate in uncontrolled environments where moisture and wide temperature variations often exist. An annual full-load test ensures that the key safety elements are still functioning as originally designed and have not been compromised by the environment.
Periodic Inspection Requirements
Lifts will be inspected approximately every 1 to 3 years by a TSSA inspector. Owners of lifts should expect to pay TSSA every year for the annual licensing fee of $100 as well as the periodic inspection fee of $130/hr when the inspections take place. The inspection typically takes 1.5 to 3 hours per elevating device depending on travelling time and ease of access to the actual devices to perform the inspections.