Expert interviews: Lifts with Andrew Hicks

Next month (15-16 May), Eastwood Park will be attending the Liftex 2019 exhibition at ExCel London.

The team will be on hand to discuss our specialist lift training, which includes lift maintenance and safety, managing contractors and the safe release of trapped passengers, as well as courses for the Competent and Authorised Person.

In preparation, we chat to our specialist trainer and expert Andrew Hicks, who delivers Eastwood Park’s lift portfolio, in one of the very few dedicated lift training facilities in the country. Andrew is also an NVQ L3 and CITB construction skills F-gas assessor

Following a career spanning 30 years in training, design, assessment and management for building engineering services, Andrew now specialises in lift training.

What do you see as the major technological developments that specifiers, owners and managers should be aware of over the next few years?

With lifts getting taller, faster and even multiple carriers in the same shaft, there will be more and more reliance on the electronics and software to keep us all safe.

What are the biggest issues Eastwood Park’s customers’ face and how do you help them overcome them?

We’re seeing an increasing demand from customers wanting training to enable them to release trapped lift passengers in a safe and timely manner.

Trapped passenger training is central to Eastwood Park’s lift training offering; we support both commercial organisations and healthcare facilities with specialist training to relevant guidance including LOLER, SAFed, British Standards and the HTMs.

Are there any trends you’re witnessing in the industry, and are your customers’ demands changing?

The most significant trend we’re seeing is a continuing drive to make lifts safer for the user. This is the ethos at the heart of our lift safety and servicing training at Eastwood Park so we are delighted to see the lift industry making advances all the time.

And finally, what advice would you offer anyone looking to start a career in the lift and escalator industry?

The lift industry is a fascinating one – no two days are the same and it’s tremendously satisfying training engineers of the future.  If you’re thinking of getting involved - go for it!

See Andrew and the Eastwood Park team on stand B78 at Liftex 2019 from 15-16 May at ExCel London. Hear more about our specialist training on hydraulic and electrical traction lifts, plus machine room-less lifts in our purpose built 3-storey lift tower and find out how Eastwood Park can support your training needs.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Call +44 (0)1454 262777 or email us to arrange and appointment with us at the event.