Funiculars - Safety Requirements
|Publication Date:||19 September 2014|
This document establishes a standard for the design, manufacture, construction, operation, and maintenance of funiculars for passenger transport.
Funiculars typically have the following characteristics:
- carrier capacity over 20 passengers;
- maximum operating speed over 300 feet per minute (1.5 meters per second);
- complex guideway that may contain curves, variable inclinations and a passing zone;
- direct operator supervision.
There are other types of transportation systems that utilize similar characteristics such as Incline Elevators (see ASME A17), Automated People Movers (see ASCE 40193), etc. The authority having jurisdiction, using information from the manufacturer and owner, shall specify any or all provisions of this standard that apply to the funicular.
The purpose of this standard is to develop a system of principles, specifications, and performance criteria that will meet the following objectives:
a) reflect current state-of-the-art for funicular design, operation, and maintenance;
b) be acceptable for adoption by government agencies and others.
It is recognized that certain dangers and risks are inherent in machines of this type and their operation. It is also recognized that inherent and other risks or dangers exist for those who are in the process of embarking, riding, or disembarking from funiculars. This system is intended to result in funiculars that are designed, constructed, operated, and maintained in a manner that helps reduce danger, exposure to risk to passengers and maintenance and operational personnel, and to encourage improvements in productivity, efficiency, development, and progress consistent with the objectives.
Such a system with these stated objectives constitutes a safety standard.