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Webinar: Escalator Safety & Modernisation

Date, time & venue

2022-04-28;6:30 pm - 8:00 pm;Webinar via Zoom

Organized by Safety Specialist Committee (SSC) and supported by Associate Member Committee (AMC)


Speakers :


Ir Sai Wa Yip, MSc, BEng (Hons), CEng, MIET, MIMechE, MHKIE, RLE, RLE and REA


Professional Background of the Speaker:

Ir KL Lee, having retired after over 30 years’ service in lift industry, he is continuing to serve this industry on part-time basis as a trainer, consultant and Professional Engineer in lift/escalator design, installation, maintenance, modernization, dismantling as well as project management.  He is currently a guest lecture of Occupational Safety & Health Council and was a part-time teacher of HKUSPACE. Occasionally, Ir Lee serves as a professional engineer in checking, verifying and testing lifting appliances & gears, conducting energy efficient assessment and auditing services in respect of lighting, electrical, lifts & escalators and air-conditioning installations in buildings. 


Ir SW Yip, is now a Senior Construction Engineer (Lift & Escalator) of MTR.  Ir Yip has over 30 years’ working experience in the lift industry.  He had participated into a numbers of mega projects like Sun Hung Kai Centre Double-deck Lifts Installation, Hysan Place and different MTR Lines and Extensions including Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link and Shatin Central Link. His experience covers design, installation & maintenance of lifts and escalators.  Ir. Yip had been appointed as a Chairman of RE/RC Sub-Group for reviewing New Lifts and Escalators Bill between 2010 and 2012.  He had also involved in professional training for Vocational Training Centre (VTC) and IMechE (HK branch) in lift and escalator technology between 1998 and 2012.  


Programme Highlights:  

Starting with the history of escalator, speakers will review the construction of an escalator and all of its safety devices and equipment including main drive chain, step system and handrail drive system, etc..  There would be a quick review of escalator accidents with statistics on what safety hazards were being identified in the past, which would further lead to the enhancement of escalator safety in design and modernization. 


Speakers will discuss a lasting argument if passengers standing on the right part of escalator steps would expedite the flow rate of passengers during the rush hours. Also, there will be a review of various causes leading to an escalator reversal direction. As a result, requirements to install the second retardation system, the auxiliary brake and its safety test with loads.


In view of escalator accidents in the past, EMSD of HKSAR proposed an escalator modernization scheme in which eight safety devices will be introduced in accordance with the update of local ordinance, Cap 618. Last but not the least, the update of safety precautions for CoVid-19 will be introduced.        



CPD Certificate

Electronic copy of CPD Certificate will be delivered to participants (who have attended for more than half of the session) within one month after the online forum conducted.


Priority will be given to members of HKIE SSC. Vacancy will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The maximum number of participants is 500. For registration, please click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Zzg-MDOknyZkRlYJns_ibiwgu5o3SNOZHjhrCqufPzA/edit. Successful members will be notified by an e-mail with a meeting link few days before the event. For ease of effective communication in the forum, we would be very grateful if you would enter your HKIE membership number and name (same as registration name) when joining the online session.


For enquiries, please contact Ms Constance Wu (constance.wu@clp.com.hk)





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