The history of European Platform Lifts

The history of European Platform Lifts (open lift-ways)The history of European lifting platforms (open lift-ways)

  • Open type platform lifts without enclosed lift-ways and with travel heights of 2,0 m. or less have been manufactured in Europe since in the early 1970s.

  • Open type platform lifts are generally supplied as alternatives to ramps.

The history of European Platform Lifts (enclosed lift-ways)The history of European lifting platforms (enclosed lift-ways)

Platform Lifts with enclosed lift-ways made for higher travel were introduced in the early 1980s and have been under constant progress and development throughout the years.

Modern Platform Lifts are all in compliance with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the Machinery Directive 98/37/EC and the forthcoming MD 2006/42/EC and combine high functionality with the maximum state-of-the-art safety features.

The development of Platform Lifts with enclosed lift-ways evolved from the accessibility requirements in many EU member states to help in their attempts to transform their societies to more accessibility friendly communities for their elderly and disabled inhabitants.

In some European countries, for example, the Governments in the 1980s and 1990s looked for new solutions to integrate disabled people into the society and into the work place.

The Governments also encouraged improved solutions to enable the elderly to continue to live in their own homes, with some simpler forms of daily old age care, rather than to be relocated to designated homes for the elderly, as this was regarded to be more human and less costly for the society.

The history of European lifting platforms(enclosed lift-ways)These legislated transformations of the societies forced the authorities, the local communities, the builders, the building owners, and the equipment manufacturers to develop new, safe and affordable accessibility solutions to comply with the new legislation.

Today, Europe has an ageing population. Older people and people with disabilities are at present estimated to number more than 80 million people with this number forecast to increase rapidly in the years to come.

The history of European lifting  platforms  (enclosed lift-ways)With the implementation of new and more stringent disability legislation throughout Europe, the request for safe, cost effective solutions to make existing buildings more easily accessible for people with impaired mobility are rapidly increasing.

The market is growing because of new technologies and an improved willingness to provide for and integrate disabled people in society, but also because of the rapidly increasing old age demography in Europe.

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