Stretcher Facilities in Lifts
The Building Code of Australia requires a lift to be installed in a building to allow a stretcher to be used for the safe evacuation of an injured or sick person in the building (stretcher facilities in lifts). A “stretcher” lift would be deemed an essential safety measure by building surveyors/ building certifiers.
Building Code of Australia
BCA Part E3 Lifts installations, contains clause E3.2 Stretcher facility in lifts. This clause requires a lift capable of accommodating a horizontal stretcher (stretcher facilities in lifts) in at least one emergency lift (for emergency procedures) when provided or in a lift where the lift is installed in a building where the lift serves a storey that has an effective height of 12m.
The following illustration depicts the requirements of the building that require stretcher facilities in lifts.