A HARTLEPOOL lift specialist has warned retailers to make sure they are up to date with legislation regarding their in-store elevators.

Cibes Lifts UK has installed systems at a number of locations including shops, restaurants, banks, offices, schools and public buildings.

The Equality Act 2010

All lifts installed by the firm are compliant with the Equality Act 2010, but management at Cibes have become aware of some retailers with older lifts that are falling foul of the regulations and could be hit with hefty fines should legal action be taken against them.The latest Equality Act came into force on October 1, 2010, although some provisions of the legislation are still being implemented. In addition, lifts in workplaces are also regulated by various Health & Safety legislations which again need to be adhered to. Ian Duncan, Area Sales Manager for Cibes Lifts UK, said: “With all of our clients, we ensure their premises are fully accessible to customers and are in compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

“Disabled access is quite rightfully high on the agenda, and has been for some time. People are living longer, there are more people who are wheelchair-bound and others are able to get up a flight of stairs but struggle to come down them, or vice versa.

“Those factors need to be considered by everyone across the retail sector. If someone’s shopping experience is hampered by any issues surrounding access, then it obviously has an impact on the retailer.

“The same issues apply for people with young children in prams and pushchairs and again, these numbers are constantly on the increase.

“A word of warning to any retailers with a lift in place would be for them to check that it still meets the legislation. Things like this can be overlooked, particularly by the smaller independent outlets.

“If it is an older lift, it could be past its sell-by date or not compliant anymore. That doesn’t mean to say it needs completely replacing, often there will only be an upgrade required.

“We know from experience that can be far more cost-effective than being hit with a financial penalty incurred from legal action being taken through the courts.”

Cibes Lift UK

Cibes is a Swedish firm set up in 1947, and acquired UK market leaders Platform Lift Solutions and Axess4All earlier this year to operate under the Cibes Lifts UK banner. Clients including B&Q, O2, Network Rail, Homebase, Ikea, Maplin, Optical Express, Monsoon, Ladbrokes, Debenhams and Jack Wills. Cibes is recognised as a global leader in the lift sector with an annual turnover in excess of €60m (£42m) and employing almost 300 staff across Europe and the Far East.

Specialist models installed by Cibes include the A5000 version, which comes in seven different platform sizes depending on requirements, the A6000S Cabin Classic which can be installed as a free-standing unit and the A9000 Cabin Deluxe.

To see the full range of products, or for more information about Cibes Lift UK, visit http://www.cibes.co.uk or call 0800 085 0269.