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Glossary Check: Ariz. Elevators

16 May, 2023 Frank Ferreri

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Phoenix, AZ (WorkersCompensation.com) -- The world of elevator safety has its ups and downs, but it also has its fair share of definitions. The chart below breaks down how the State of Arizona defines terms related to workplace elevator safety.

Alteration or alteredWork performed to any conveyance that is not routine maintenance or repair
ASMEAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ANSIAmerican National Standard Institute
AZFS keyArizona Firefighters Service Key, a universal key used by a firefighter to operate a conveyance during an emergency
ChiefHead inspector of the Elevator Safety Section of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health
ConveyanceIncludes employee elevators for construction and demolition operations, material lifts, platform lifts, orchestra lifts and stairway chairlifts
Elevator Safety SectionThe Elevator Safety Section of the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of the Commission
Employee elevator for construction and demolition operationsAn elevator that is not an integral part of a building, is installed inside or outside buildings or structures during construction, alteration, or demolition operations, and is used to raise and lower workers and other personnel
InspectionOfficial determination by an inspector of the condition of all parts of the equipment on which the safe operation of a conveyance depends
Orchestra liftA lift operating at a speed of 15 (4.6 meters) per minute or less, not designed for passenger use, not for moving during performances, providing an extension of the stage, and providing an extension of the auditorium floor
Platform liftA powered hoisting and lowering mechanism designed to transport mobility-impaired persons on a guided platform that travels on an incline or vertically
State Serial NumberA unique number assigned by the Chief Elevator Inspector to a conveyance

Workers' Comp 101: The case of City of Phoenix. v. Industrial Commission, 444 P.2d 750 (Ariz. Ct. App. 1968) saw a worker experience an injury in an elevator. In that case, the worker, who was using crutches, rode down the elevator from the 7th floor to the basement in the building where he was working. As he was leaving the elevator, something occurred in the closing of the doors to knock him off balance, and he fell backward into the elevator and broke his leg. The elevator was then "called" to the 5th floor, where another employee found him. The court found that the worker was not injured by an accident arising out of and in the course of his employment, as use of the elevator was a hazard to which the worker was subjected as a member of general public and was not a special risk of employment.

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      Frank Ferreri, M.A., J.D. covers workers' compensation legal issues. He has published books, articles, and other material on multiple areas of employment, insurance, and disability law. Frank received his master's degree from the University of South Florida and juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

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