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Elevators: Stakeholders advocate adherence to safety standards in build industry

A Group Photograph of the Stakeholders at Y2024 Equipment Safety Workshop, in Lagos

*Stakeholders in the build industry organise equipment safety workshop aimed at enhancing safety standards and fostering compliance within the elevator and vertical transportation sector of the Nigerian economy

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In order to ensure protection of lives and property of consumers, stakeholders in the build industry in Nigeria have resolved that elevator safety standards must be strictly followed to further avert any sad occurrences.

The stakeholders stressed this among other industry resolutions contained in the communique issued at the end of the Y2024 Equipment Safety Workshop with the theme, “Safety Compliance in the Elevator and Vertical Equipment Industry”.

The Lagos State Safety Commission organised the forum held Thursday, February 22, 2024, in Ikoyi, in collaboration with Lifts and Vertical Transportation Association, Lagos State Chapter.

In his opening remarks on the occasion, Mr. Lanre Mojola, Director-General, Lagos Safety Commission, said the workshop was aimed at enhancing safety standards and fostering compliance within the elevator and vertical transportation sector.

Mojola said: “This workshop serves as a pivotal platform for industry professionals, regulatory bodies and stakeholders to come together, exchange knowledge and collaborate towards a safer environment for all”.

The Lagos Safety Commission Chief also noted with rapid urbanisation and technological advancement, registration of lifts, regulation and enforcement of safety standards in line with best practices in the sector could not be compromised.

There have been incidents of elevator breakdowns and safety breaches, thus emphasising the urgent need for a paradigm shift, stated he.

In his keynote address, Mr. Olugbenga Oyerinde, Honourable Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, said the workshop is important because a need for a strong occupational safety and health culture is not just a goal, but a fundamental necessity in any workplace.

The Commissioner told the industry stakeholders: “It is our collective commitment to safety management that we can prevent accidents, injuries and fatalities while safeguarding the future success and growth of our business.”

Other experts equally presented papers, offering guidance on how to collectively address several issues and elevate safety standards to new heights in the West African country.

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