Medical Platform Lift Systems — The Inspection And Installation Processes

Vertical lift systems and incline lift systems provide support to those with limited mobility. Before a platform lift is installed, a licensed technician will need to inspect the area where the lift will be used. 

Vertical Lift

A vertical lift is designed to move up and down. This type of lift system can be used to transport someone onto a deck or up one level within a home or business setting.

A vertical lift contains a deck and gate. The base of the lift system is typically installed upon a slab. Anchoring materials are used to stabilize the passenger area where an end user will be standing or sitting while they are being transported.

Incline Lift

An incline lift is a combination of a vertical lift and a stair lift. This type of lift is designed to be secured to a railway. An incline lift can be used to transport someone up and down one or more flights of stairs. The type of stabilizing materials that are used to anchor a lift will be dependent upon the design of a stairway.


A shaft is often needed when a platform lift system is going to be installed indoors. The shaft consists of the platform, drive mast, and gate. There are strict codes that must be followed when constructing a shaft.

All of the materials that are being used to construct the shaft must be level. The passenger area must be securely anchored to the exterior parts of the shaft. An end user must have access to a shutoff switch while they are operating a lift within a shaft. The shutoff switch will be designed to be within reach of the end user.

The Inspection and Installation

A technician who is licensed to install medical lift systems will need to inspect the area where a lift will be utilized. This step will typically take place before a customer purchases a lift. A technician will need to make sure that there is enough clearance for an end user to operate a particular type of lift system.

Considerations about the width and height of the area where a lift will be operated will be taken. After the inspection, the technician will make recommendations concerning the lift model and size that will be best suited for use in the area that has been inspected.

Once a lift system is purchased, a technician will prepare the site where the installation will take place. The lift system will be assembled. Once the lift is installed, the technician will test it out. For more information on platform lift installation, contact a professional near you.

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