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Industrial Safety (Lifts) Order 1968

Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Act 1961
This reprint of this Statutory Instrument incorporates all amendments, if any, made before25 November 2006 and in force at  1 July 2001.

Legislative Counsel
Dated 25 November 2006


Chapter 175E.

Industrial Safety (Lifts) Order 1968


Industrial Safety (Lifts) Order 1968

MADE under the Industrial Safety, Health and Welfare Act 1961.

Dated                   200 .


(1) In this Order “the Lift Code” means the Australian Standard Rules for the design, installation, testing and operation of lifts, escalators and moving walks known as the S.A.A. Lift Code AS CA3.

(2) Expressions used in this Order that are also used in the Lift Code have the same respective meanings in this Order as they have in that Code.


(1) A person shall not allow a lift to be operated in any building under his control unless the lift is operated and maintained at all times in accordance with the provisions of this Order and the Lift Code.

(2) A person who, directly or by his servants or agent, authorizes a person–

(a) to operate a lift; or

(b) to carry out any work installing, maintaining, repairing or inspecting a lift or any of the parts of a lift as defined in this Order or the Lift Code,

shall ensure that this Order is complied with.

(3) Subsection (2) does not relieve a person from liability under any other provision of this Order.

(4) It is a defence to a charge of a contravention of this Order if the defendant proves that–

(a) he was not aware, and could not with the exercise of reasonable diligence, have become aware, of the relevant non-compliance with this Order; and

(b) he took all reasonable steps to ensure that no such non-compliance took place.


Unless otherwise provided in this Order, the Lift Code applies–

(a) to the design, construction, installation or testing of lifts, lift enclosures, liftwells, liftwell enclosures, buffers, lift machinery and lift machinery enclosures; and

(b) to any alteration or repair to, or maintenance or testing of, a lift, lift enclosure, liftwell, liftwell enclosure, buffer, lift machinery or lift machinery enclosure; and

(c) to the operation of lifts and lift machinery.


(1) A lift or lift machinery shall not be constructed, installed, erected or altered without the prior approval of the Departmental Head or a person appointed by the Departmental Head for the purpose.

(2) An application for approval under Subsection (1) to construct, install, erect or alter a lift or lift machinery shall include–

(a) a plan showing the proposed location of the liftwell on the ground floor of the building; and

(b) drawings of the lift and of the liftwell and its enclosures; and

(c) a full description of the lift machinery and its enclosures.


A lift, or lift machinery shall not be constructed, installed, erected or altered in or over a thoroughfare where persons would pass under the lift or lift machinery.


(1) A person, other than a lift mechanic engaged in installing, erecting or inspecting a lift, shall not–

(a) work or operate, from any floor or place other than the car, a lift that comprises a car operated by means of a rope in the well; or

(b) work or operate an electric lift from the control board of the machine room.

(2) All automatically controlled lifts shall be operated by the car or door control button switches.

(3) A person shall not operate a lift by means of the enclosure gate contacts or fastenings.

(4) An attendant in charge of a lift shall not move the car from any floor unless the enclosure doors or gates on the floor are closed and fastened.

(5) Unless the lift is automatically controlled, a person, other than an attendant, shall not operate a lift.

(6) The names of attendants authorized to operate a lift shall be posted in conspicuous place in the car of the lift.

  1. LOADS.

(1) There shall be posted up in a lift that is designed and constructed for the purposes of carrying goods or passengers–

(a) the certified maximum load (if any); and

(b) the certified number of passengers (if any),

that the lift is authorized to carry, in accordance with the provisions of the Lift Code.

(2) A lift shall not be loaded in excess of the certified maximum load.

(3) A person shall not represent a lift to be capable of raising or lowering a greater load than that for which it has been designed.


At least once in each 12 months, each lift shall be inspected and certified to be in order by a person approved by the Departmental Head as competent to inspect and issue a certificate that the lift is in order.

Office of Legislative Counsel, PNG

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