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Subchapter 6. Elevator Safety Orders
Article 15. Special Access Lifts
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§3093.46. Capacity.

(a) The rated load for existing special access elevators shall not exceed 700 lb. (318 kg) and the maximum clear inside net platform area shall not exceed 12 ft.2 (1.1 m2). The minimum rated load shall be not less than that based on 40 lb./ft.2 (1.91 kPa) of clear inside net platform area or 350 lb. (159 kg), whichever is greater.

(b) The load capacity for special access elevators installed after Sept. 28, 2001 shall be not less than 750 lb., and have a minimum of 32 in. x 54 in. clear inside platform dimensions.

(1) Special access elevators without a front and rear opening that facilitates a straight through ingress/egress shall have a load capacity of not less than 750 lb., and a maximum 18 sq. ft. clear inside net platform area. The clear inside platform width dimensions may range from 42 inches minimum to 48 inches maximum on one side by 60 inches maximum to 54 inches minimum length on the other side.

(A) When the platform minimum width of 42 inches is increased, the platform maximum 60 inch length shall be decreased by the number of inches that the width has been increased (see table below).

Table 3093.46(b)

Varying Platform Size

Width x Length

42” x 60”

43” x 59”

44” x 58”

45” x 57”

46” x 56”

47” x 55”

48” x 54”

(2) The platform/car shall be equipped with handrail(s) complying with Title 24, Section 7-3003. The clear inside net platform area shall be calculated by multiplying the platform width by the platform length without consideration of the space occupied by the handrails.

(3) The opening and closing of car doors shall not encroach on the car platform inside clear space.

(Title 24, Part 7, Section 7-3093.46)


Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.


1. New section filed 7-22-86; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 86, No. 36).

2. Amendment of section heading and section filed 8-29-2001; operative 9-28-2001 (Register 2001, No. 35).

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