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Chapter 296-96 WAC

Last Update: 2/26/14

SAFETY REGULATIONS AND FEES FOR ALL ELEVATORS, DUMBWAITERS, ESCALATORS AND OTHER CONVEYANCES

WAC Sections

PART A - ADMINISTRATIVE
Scope, purpose, and authority.
What rules apply to your conveyance?
Which National Elevator Codes and Supplements has the department adopted?
Chapter definitions.
Advisory committee on conveyances.
Appeal rights and hearings.
PART B - ELEVATOR CONTRACTOR AND CONVEYANCE MECHANIC LICENSES AND REGULATIONS AND FEES
NOTE: Total fees include the sum of the permit cost plus plan check fees.
In general, who is required to be licensed under this chapter?
Are there exceptions from the elevator mechanic licensing requirements?
Are there exceptions from the elevator contractor licensing requirements?
What must you do to become and remain a licensed elevator contractor?
What must you do to become a licensed elevator mechanic?
ASME A17.1-8.11.1.5 Making safety devices ineffective.
What are the elevator mechanic license categories?
How long is the elevator contractor, elevator mechanic, and temporary mechanics licensing period and what is required for renewal?
Where can you obtain information regarding department-approved continuing education course providers?
Who approves and what is the process for becoming a continuing education course provider?
Who is exempt from the continuing education requirements?
When and where are elevator licensing examinations held?
What are the fees associated with licensing?
What procedures does the department follow when issuing a civil penalty for licensing violations?
What are the civil (monetary) penalties for violating the licensing requirements of chapter 70.87 RCW or this chapter?
What if I owe outstanding final judgments to the department?
PART B-1 - PERMIT REGULATIONS AND FEES, PENALTIES AND INSPECTION TYPES FOR ALL CONVEYANCES
What is the permit process for conveyances?
When do I need and what are the steps in obtaining a permit?
What type of conveyance work requires permitting and inspection?
Decommissioning a conveyance.
Who can purchase a permit?
What are the installation permit fees for conveyances, material lifts, and hoists and how are they calculated?
What are the permit fees for alterations to conveyances, material lifts, and hoists and how are they calculated?
What is the permit fee for personnel and material hoists?
Are initial installation permit fees refundable?
What is the process for installation and alteration plan approval?
Are there inspection fees?
What is the fee for testing and inspecting regular elevators used as temporary elevators to provide transportation for construction personnel, tools, and materials only?
What are the inspection requirements and fees for conveyances in private residences?
How do I get a supplemental inspection?
Are technical services available and what is the fee?
Does the department charge a fee to perform investigations and what is the fee?
Can I request an after-hours inspection and what is the fee?
What are the annual operating certificate fees?
What are the civil (monetary) penalties for violating the conveyance permit and operation requirements of chapter 70.87 RCW and this chapter?
How does an owner or licensee receive a variance from the installation and alteration requirements of chapter 70.87 RCW and this chapter?
PART C - REGULATIONS FOR NEW AND ALTERED ELEVATORS
AND LIFTING DEVICES
NOTE: The following rules set the minimum standard for all new installations and, where applicable, alterations.
NOTE: Part C is not intended to replace the current adopted standards outlined in WAC 296-96-00650. In conflicts between Part C and the adopted standards, Part C shall take precedent.
When must the department be notified for a new or altered inspection?
ASME A17.1-8.7.1 Alteration general requirements.
What is the inspection and approval process for alterations?
Are there additional work requirements when performing an alteration?
ASME A17.1-8.7.2.13 Door reopening devices.
What are the conditions for obtaining a temporary construction operating permit?
What are the requirements for temporary construction operating permits?
Layout drawings.
Where is a shut-off valve required for hydraulic elevators?
Can pipes and ducts be installed above a machine room?
When a control space is used in lieu of a machine room.
Machines, beams and hitch supports must meet the following requirements.
What is the minimum working space required in machine rooms/control rooms?
What are the requirements for electrical main line disconnects?
What are the requirements associated with elevator machine rooms?
ASME A17.1-8.9 Code data plate location and material.
Fire Service, Sprinklers, Sprinkler Pipes, Shunt Trip
What are the requirements for Fireman's Service Phase I and Phase II recall?
ASME A17.1-2.27.8 FEO-K1 Fire service keys.
What are the requirements for sprinklers in hoistways and machine rooms?
How does the department enforce ASME requirements for sprinklers, smoke detectors, and heat detectors in hoistways and machine rooms?
Sprinklers and shunt trip within the city limits of Seattle.
Car(s)
What is required for emergency escape hatches?
ASME A17.1-5.7.10.5 Special purpose elevator car doors or gates.
Are there exceptions for correction facility elevators?
Are self-leveling devices required?
Is a door reopening device required on automatic-closing car doors?
What is the minimum acceptable initial transfer time for an elevator door?
What are the minimum cab size and other applicable requirements for car interiors?
What is required for car controls?
What are the location and operation requirements for car position indicators in the car?
What is required for installation and operation of emergency communication systems?
What requirements apply to the size and location of car handrails?
What requirements apply to floor designations on elevator door jambs?
What are the installation and operation requirements for hall buttons?
What are the requirements for installation and operation of hall lanterns?
Hoistway and Pit
ASME A17.1-3.18.3.8.3 and ASME A17.1-8.7.3.23.1What are the requirements for underground hydraulic elevator pipes, fittings, and cylinders?
ASME A17.1-2.6 and ASME A17.1-8.7.2.6 Protection of spaces below hoistways.
Location of equipment in hoistway.
What are the requirements for accessing elevated elevator pit equipment?
Minimum width, clearances, and access of pit ladders.
Pit lighting and stop switch.
Pit equipment.
What are the requirements for submersible pumps or sumps?
ASME A17.1-2.4.12.1-2005 Distance required for car top refuge space.
ASME A17.1-2.14.7.1.4 Requirements for top of car lighting and receptacle for elevators.
ASME A17.1-2.7.6.3.4 Access to governors and brake.
ASME A17.1-5.3.1.1 Residential hoistway enclosures.
How do we enforce hoistway ventilation?
How do we enforce hoistway pressurization?
Outside Hoistway
Are keys required to be on-site?
What are the requirements for fire doors installed in front of hoistway doors?
LULA
When does the department require a local building official to sign off for the installation of LULAs, stair lifts, inclined wheelchair lifts and vertical wheelchair lifts?
What are the general requirements for LULA elevators?
Accessibility Equipment
What is required for physically handicapped lifts?
Private residence inclined stairway chairlifts.
Private residence vertical platform lifts.
Private residence incline platform lifts.
Commercial vertical and incline platform lifts.
Incline commercial stairway chair lifts.
PART C1 - MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR NEW AND ALTERED MATERIAL LIFTS
What are the requirements for existing material lifts?
What are the department's rules on material lifts?
What requirements apply to the construction and fire safety of hoistway enclosures?
What are the construction requirements for hoistway enclosure gates and doors?
What requirements apply to a hoistway that does not extend to the lowest levels of a building or structure?
What requirements apply to lift hoist driving machines?
What car enclosure requirements apply to lifts?
How much running clearance is permitted between a car sill and a hoistway?
What requirements apply to car and counterweight guides?
How much weight can be placed on a car frame and platform during loading and unloading?
What requirements apply to car operating devices, terminal stopping devices and electrical protective devices?
What requirements apply to car safeties?
What requirements apply to lift brakes?
What types of ropes, chains, and rope connections must be used on a lift?
What requirements apply to lift control stations?
How must lift pits be constructed?
Which lift landings must be illuminated?
What signs must be posted on landings and lifts?
What electrical wiring standards apply to lifts?
What safety regulations apply to exposed equipment?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for lifts?
When are inspections required?
Under what conditions is a five-year test administered?
PART C2 - CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF INCLINED PRIVATE RESIDENCE ELEVATOR FOR TRANSPORTING PERSON(S)
What is the scope of Part C-2?
What is the definition for inclined private residence elevator?
What are the requirements for existing inclined private residence elevators?
What rules apply to alterations of inclined private residence elevators?
Does the department approve private residence elevator plans and specifications?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for inclined private residence elevators?
What are the clearance requirements for an incline runway?
What are the construction requirements for car landing enclosures and gates for inclined private residence elevators?
What types of bumpers and buffers must be installed on inclined private residence elevators?
What are the requirements for machinery beams and supports?
What are the load and size requirements for car platforms?
What is the maximum rated speed of an incline elevator?
What construction requirements apply to inclined private residence elevators?
What construction requirements apply to car enclosures?
What construction requirements apply to car doors and gates?
What type of glass or plastic can be used in a car enclosure?
Are capacity and data plates required?
What are the construction requirements for guide rails, track supports and fastenings?
What construction requirements apply to counterweights?
What are the requirements of safeties and governors?
How and when are safeties and governors tested?
What are the construction requirements for driving machines and sheaves?
What construction requirements apply to terminal stopping switches?
What are the requirements for operation of an inclined private residence elevator?
What are the construction requirements for suspension methods?
What are the requirements for controllers?
What are the requirements for traveling cables?
What requirements apply to electrical wiring?
What are the requirements for track supporting structures?
What additional requirements apply to inclined private residence elevators?
PART C3 - CONSTRUCTION, OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND INSPECTION OF PRIVATE RESIDENCE INCLINED CONVEYANCES FOR TRANSPORTING ONLY PROPERTY
What is the scope of Part C-3?
What is the definition for inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
What are the requirements for existing inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
What rules apply to alterations of inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
Does the department approve elevators plans and specifications for inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for inclined private residence elevators for transporting property?
What are the construction requirements for inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property for cars, landing gates, and enclosures?
What types of bumpers and buffers must be installed on inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
What are the requirements for machinery beams and supports?
What are the load and size requirements for car platforms?
What is the maximum rated speed of an inclined conveyance?
What requirements apply to inclined conveyance?
What requirements apply to car enclosures?
Are capacity and data plates required on inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
What are the requirements for guide rails, track supports and fastenings?
What requirements apply to counterweights?
What are the requirements of safeties and governors?
How and when are conveyance safeties tested?
What are the requirements for driving machines and sheaves?
What requirements apply to terminal stopping switches?
What are the requirements for the activation and operation of an inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
What are the requirements for suspension methods?
What are the requirements for controllers?
What are the requirements for traveling cables?
What requirements apply to electrical wiring?
What are the requirements for track supporting structures?
What additional requirements apply to inclined private residence conveyances for transporting property?
PART C4 - TEMPORARY HOISTS
Personnel Hoists
What regulations apply to personnel hoists?
May a drop plate be used for temporary hoists?
What are the requirements for landing gates?
Do jumps (increased travel) have to be inspected?
Material Hoists
What regulations apply to material hoists?
Do jumps (increased travel) have to be inspected?
PART C5 - ADDITIONAL TYPES OF CONVEYANCES
Belt Manlifts
What regulations apply to belt manlifts?
What are the definitions for belt manlifts?
What general requirements apply to belt manlift landings?
What requirements apply to the guards and cones of belt manlift landings?
What requirements apply to guarding lift entrances and exits?
What structural requirements apply to floor opening guards?
What structural requirements apply to floor landing guards?
What requirements apply to bottom landings?
What requirements apply to top clearance?
What requirements apply to emergency exit ladders?
What lighting requirements apply to belt manlifts?
What drive machine requirements apply to belt manlifts?
What is an acceptable operating speed for a belt manlift?
What are the construction requirements for steps?
What requirements apply to the location and construction of handholds?
What requirements apply to "up-limit stops"?
What requirements apply to emergency stops?
What are the warning sign requirements?
Can you carry tools and materials on a belt manlift?
What is required for belt manlift inspections?
Under what conditions is a five-year test administered?
Electric Manlifts
What are the requirements for electric manlifts?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for electric manlifts?
What structural requirements apply to hoistway enclosures and landings?
What structural requirements apply to hoistway gates and doors?
What structural requirements apply to elevator cars?
What structural requirements apply to elevator doors?
What are the structural requirements for counterweights, counterweight enclosures, and counterweight fastenings?
What construction requirements apply to car guide rails?
What construction requirements apply to hoisting ropes?
What are the requirements for a hoistway space?
What requirements apply to car safeties?
What requirements apply to brakes?
What requirements apply to car controls and safety devices?
What requirements apply to elevator driving machines?
What requirements apply to car and counterweight buffers?
What other requirements apply to electric manlifts?
Hand-Powered Manlifts
What is the scope and application of the department's hand-powered manlift rules?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for hand powered manlifts?
What construction requirements apply to hoistway landings and entrances?
What are acceptable hoistway clearances?
Can there be a habitable space beneath an elevator hoistway or counterweight shaft?
What construction requirements apply to hoistway guide rails?
What installation requirements apply to buffer springs?
What construction specifications apply to hoistway cars?
What are the requirements for assembly, installation, and operation of sectional counterweights?
What is the minimum acceptable sheave diameter?
What requirements apply to hoisting ropes?
What requirements apply to operating ropes?
Where must hoistway lights be located?
What is the factor of safety for overhead supports?
What additional requirements apply to the installation and operation of hand powered manlifts?
Casket Lifts
What is the scope of the department's casket lift regulations?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for casket lifts?
What requirements apply to the location and operation of machine rooms and machinery space?
What equipment can be located in a machine room?
What requirements apply to the location of electrical wiring, pipes and ducts in hoistways and machine rooms?
Is a pit required in a casket lift hoistway?
What requirements apply to the size and location of hoistway door openings?
How must hoistway doors be hung?
Where must hoistway doors be located?
What requirements apply to hoistway doors locks?
How should space beneath a hoistway be protected?
What requirements apply to car doors and gates?
What requirements apply to car enclosures?
What requirements apply to the construction of car frames and platforms?
How must car frames and platforms be connected?
What is the load capacity of a casket lift car?
What types of casket lift driving machines are allowed?
What material and grooving is required for sheaves and drums?
What types of brakes must be used on the driving machine?
Where must terminal stopping devices be located?
What are the specifications for casket lift ropes and rope connections?
What specific requirements apply to hydraulic casket lifts?
What requirements apply to valves, supply piping, and fittings?
What type of stopping devices must be installed?
What type of operating devices must be used?
Boat Launching Elevators
What are the definitions for boat launching elevators?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for boat launch elevators?
Must boat launching elevator cars and platforms be enclosed?
What electrical wiring requirements apply to boat launching elevators?
What type of brakes must be used on boat launching elevators?
What types of stop switches and protective devices are required on boat launching elevators?
When must hoisting cables be reshackled or refastened?
What requirements apply to hoistway gates and doors?
Must boat launching elevator hoistways be enclosed?
Mechanized Parking Garage Equipment
What national safety codes has the department adopted for mechanized parking garage equipment?
What are the minimum maintenance requirements for mechanized parking garage equipment?
PART D - REGULATIONS FOR EXISTING ELEVATORS,
DUMBWAITERS, AND ESCALATORS
Regulations for Existing Electric Elevators, Direct Plunger and Roped Hydraulic Elevators, Escalators used to transport passengers, Electric and Hand-powered Dumbwaiters, Hand-powered Elevators, Inclined Stairway Chairlifts, Inclined and Vertical Wheelchair Lifts, and Sidewalk Elevators
NOTE: The following rules set the minimum standard for existing elevators, dumbwaiters, and escalators, and, where applicable, alterations.
Are keys required to be on-site?
What are the conveyance number requirements?
Subpart I
Hoistways and Related Construction for Electric
and Hydraulic Elevators
What is the scope of Subpart I?
Section 1
Hoistways
What structural requirements apply to hoistway enclosures?
Are guards required for windows in hoistway enclosures?
What are the requirements for pipes in hoistways that convey gases, vapors, or liquids?
What safety requirements apply to inspecting and maintaining overhead sheaves?
What requirements apply to car numbers?
What requirements apply to top of car railings for traction elevators?
What requirements apply to top of car railings for hydraulic elevators in unenclosed hoistways?
What signage requirements apply to traction elevators with minimal overhead clearance?
Section 2
Machine Rooms and Machinery Spaces
What are the requirements for machine room and machinery space access?
What type of lighting must be installed in machine rooms and machinery space?
What type of service outlets must be installed in elevator cars, hoistways and machinery spaces?
What installation requirements apply to pipes conveying gases, vapors, or liquids in machine rooms and machinery spaces?
Must elevator machines and control equipment be protected from the weather?
What protective measures should be taken in hoistways, machine rooms and machinery spaces to insure safety?
Section 3
Pits
What requirements apply to pit access?
What requirements apply to pit drains?
What lighting requirements apply to pits?
What requirements apply to counterweight pit guards?
Section 4
Protection of Space Below Hoistways
What requirements apply to any space below a hoistway that is not permanently protected from access?
Section 5
Hoistway Entrances
Are hoistway doors (gates) required?
What requirements apply to hoistway door closing devices?
What requirements apply to hoistway door vision panels?
What requirements apply to door hangers for horizontal slide doors?
Are astragals required?
What requirements apply to pull straps?
What requirements apply to landing sill clearances?
What is the maximum allowable threshold clearance?
What requirements apply to elevator floor numbers?
Section 6
Hoistway Door Locking Devices,
Parking Devices, and Access
What requirements apply to hoistway door (gate) locking devices?
What requirements apply to elevator parking devices?
What requirements apply to hoistway door unlocking devices?
Section 7
Power Operation of Doors and Gates
What requirements apply to reopening devices for power-operated car doors and gates?
What requirements apply to photo electric or electric eye door reopening devices?
Subpart II
Machinery and Equipment for Electric Elevators
What is the scope of Subpart II?
Section 1
Buffers and Bumpers
What requirements apply to buffers and bumpers?
Section 2
Counterweights
What requirements apply to counterweights?
Section 3
Car Frames and Platforms
What requirements apply to car platforms and frames?
What requirements apply to platform guards (aprons)?
What requirements apply to hinged platform sills?
What requirements apply to floating (movable) platforms?
Section 4
Car Enclosures
What requirements apply to car enclosures?
What requirements apply to the lining materials used on passenger car enclosures?
What requirements apply to car doors and gates?
What requirements apply to the location of car doors and gates?
What control requirements apply to operating circuits?
What requirements apply to car emergency exits?
What requirements apply to car lighting?
Section 5
Safeties
What requirements apply to car safeties?
What is the maximum amount of governor rope movement allowed when operating a safety mechanism?
What requirements apply to rail lubricants and lubrication plates?
Section 6
Speed Governors
What requirements apply to speed governors?
What requirements apply to speed governor overspeed and car safety mechanism switches?
Section 7
Capacity and Loading
What is the minimum rated load for passenger elevators?
What requirements apply to the use of partitions that reduce inside net platform area?
What is the minimum rated load for freight elevators?
What requirements apply to capacity plates?
What requirements apply to signs on freight elevators?
Section 8
Driving Machines and Sheaves
What general requirements apply to driving machines and sheaves?
What requirements apply to winding drum machines?
What requirements apply to indirect-drive machines?
What requirements apply to driving machine brakes?
What requirements apply to the application and release of driving machine brakes?
Section 9
Terminal Stopping Devices
What requirements apply to normal terminal stopping devices?
What requirements apply to final terminal-stopping devices?
Section 10
Operating Devices and Control Equipment
What types of operating devices must not be used?
What requirements apply to car-switch operation elevators?
What requirements apply to passenger elevator emergency stop buttons?
What requirements apply to car top operating devices?
What electrical protective devices are required?
What requirements apply to the power supply line disconnect?
What requirements apply to phase reversal and failure protection methods?
What requirements apply to grounding and overcurrent protections?
What requirements apply to the absorption of regenerated power?
What requirements apply to door by-pass systems?
Section 11
Emergency Operation and Signaling Devices
What requirements apply to all car emergency signaling devices in all buildings?
Section 12
Suspension Systems and Their Connections
What requirements apply to suspension systems?
What requirements apply to rope data tags?
What is the factor of safety for wire suspension ropes?
What is the minimum number of suspension ropes allowed?
What requirements apply to suspension rope equalizers?
What requirements apply to securing suspension wire ropes to winding drums?
What requirements apply to spare rope turns on winding drum machines?
What requirements apply to suspension rope fastenings?
What requirements apply to auxiliary rope fastening devices?
Subpart III
Hydraulic Elevators
What is the scope of Subpart III, Hydraulic Elevators?
Section 1
Hoistways, Hoistway Enclosures,
and Related Construction
What requirements apply to hoistways, hoistway enclosures and related construction?
What requirements apply to hydraulic elevators without safety bulkheads?
Section 2
Mechanical Equipment
What requirements apply to buffers and bumpers?
What requirements apply to car frames and platforms?
What requirements apply to car enclosures?
What requirements apply to capacity and loading?
Section 3
Driving Machines
What requirements apply to driving machine connections?
What requirements apply to plunger stops?
Section 4
Valves, Supply Piping, and Fittings
What requirements apply to pump relief valves?
What requirements apply to check valves?
What requirements apply to supply piping and fittings?
What requirements apply to flexible hydraulic connections?
Section 5
Tanks
What general requirements apply to tanks?
What requirements apply to pressure tanks?
Section 6
Terminal Stopping Devices
What requirements apply to terminal stopping devices?
Section 7
Operating Devices and Control Equipment
What requirements apply to operating devices?
What requirements apply to car top operating devices?
What requirements apply to anti-creep leveling devices?
What requirements apply to electrical protective devices?
What requirements apply to power supply line disconnects?
What requirements apply to devices that make hoistway door interlocks or electric contacts and car door (gate) electric contacts inoperative?
What requirements apply to control and operating circuits?
What requirements apply to emergency operation and signaling devices?
Section 8
Additional Requirements for Counterweighted
Hydraulic Elevators
What additional requirements apply to counterweighted hydraulic elevators?
Subpart IV
Escalators
What is the scope of Subpart IV, Escalators?
Section 1
Construction
What requirements apply to balustrades?
How much clearance is required between skirt panels and step treads?
What requirements apply to guards at ceiling or soffit intersections?
What requirements apply to anti-slide devices?
What requirements apply to handrails?
What requirements apply to handrail guards?
What requirements apply to step riser slotting?
What requirements apply to step tread slotting?
What requirements apply to combplates?
Section 2
Brakes
What general requirements apply to escalator brakes?
What requirements apply to main drive shaft brakes?
Section 3
Operating and Safety Devices
What requirements apply to starting switches?
What requirements apply to emergency stop buttons?
What requirements apply to speed governors?
What requirements apply to broken step-chain devices?
What requirements apply to brake applications?
What requirements apply to broken drive-chain devices?
What requirements apply to skirt obstruction devices?
What requirements apply to rolling shutter devices?
What requirements apply to reversal stop device?
What requirements apply to tandem operations?
What requirements apply to caution signs?
Section 4
Lighting of Step Treads
What requirements apply to step tread lighting?
What requirements apply to comb and step distinction?
What requirements apply to safety zone?
What requirements apply to landing access plates?
Subpart V
Dumbwaiters and Hand-Powered Elevators
What is the scope of Subpart V, Dumbwaiters and Hand-powered elevators?
What requirements apply to electric and electro-hydraulic dumbwaiters?
What requirements apply to hand-power elevators and dumbwaiters?
Subpart VI
Alterations, Repairs, Maintenance, and Testing
What is the scope of Part VI, Alterations, Repairs and Maintenance?
ASME A17.1-8.6.1.2.1 General maintenance requirements for conveyances regulated by ASME A17.1 Part 8.
ASME A17.1-8.6.1.4 Maintenance records.
ASME A17.1-8.6.1.6.3(a) Wiring diagrams.
ASME A17.1-8.6.1.7 Periodic tests.
ASME A17.1-8.6.4 Maintenance, examination and testing of elevators.
ASME A17.1-8.11 Covers periodic inspections, examinations, and tests of existing ASME A17.1 installations.
What requirements apply to routine examinations and periodic or category 01, 03, and 05 safety tests?
What requirements apply to alterations, repairs and maintenance?
ASME A17.1-8.7.1.7 Repairs and replacement.
What requirements apply to elevator equipment displaced by seismic activity?
Subpart VII
Lifts for Physically Handicapped
What is the scope of Subpart VII, Lifts for Physically Handicapped?
Periodic examinations and safety tests.
What requirements apply to lifts for the physically handicapped?
Subpart VIII
Sidewalk Elevators
What is the scope of Subpart VIII, Sidewalk Elevators?
What requirements apply to electrically operated sidewalk elevators?