For Maintenance & Safety Managers
Many organizations don't think about their door systems, but there are good reasons to do so ...
Why maintain your door systems?
Overhead doors are designed to need routine maintenance. Without it, they become prone to failure.
Commercial doors are made with small, inexpensive components that wear, and need checking and replacement during a door system’s normal lifecycle. Finding and fixing small problems, like frayed cables or worn rollers, before they become big problems, like a door that falls, is money well-spent.
To comply with safety law.
Many organizations simply overlook their door systems, and as a result don't include them in safety programs. But there are OHS/OSHA compliance requirements, and doors without mandated safety devices, or which don't receive proper maintenance, expose you to safety liability.
When a door falls.
Commercial door systems possess significant stored potential energy, and can become dangerous if not properly maintained. The video below is a demonstration of a 16’w x 16’h door in the open position that experiences a sudden cable failure, and falls. This door hits the ground with about 6,000 ft-lbs of force.
Lifting cables are always carefully inspected in SafedoorPM work plans.
What's my next step?
If you're not already maintaining your door systems, or they're not included in your safety program, the next step is to have a local SafedoorPM dealer come to your facility and do an initial SafedoorPM inspection and service. Here's what's involved:
- Your dealer will check and maintain all of your door systems' important components, including mechanical and structural elements, controls, settings, and safety devices. The time to PM a door can vary depending on its size, type, how it's operated, and other factors, but a typical commercial door with an electric operator usually takes 45 min ±15 to properly PM.
- After the initial maintenance work is completed, you'll receive a detailed PM Report for each door, complete with technicians' notes, photos, work completed, and corrective work required, if any.
- If corrective work is needed, your dealer will typically quote the work separately for your approval. Your dealer will also suggest a future PM schedule to keep your doors running properly and safely.
You can find out more about how SafedoorPM would work in your facility by going to Frequently Asked Questions. Or, you can contact us directly, and we'd by happy to answer any of your questions, or point you to a SafedoorPM dealer in your area.