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16B.74 Definitions.

Subdivision 1. Applicability. As used in sections 16B.74 to 16B.746 the terms "passenger or freight elevator," "automatic operation" and "continuous pressure operation" shall have the following meanings.

Subd. 2. Passenger or freight elevator. "Passenger or freight elevator" means all elevators except those that comply with the safety rules of the Department of Administration relating to construction and installation and that have automatic operation or continuous pressure operation.

Subd. 3. Automatic operation. Automatic operation shall mean operation wherein the starting of the elevator car is effected in response to momentary actuation of operating devices at the landing or of operating devices in the car identified with the landings, or both, or in response to an automatic starting mechanism and wherein the car is stopped automatically at the landings.

Subd. 4. Continuous pressure operation. Continuous pressure operation shall mean operation by means of buttons or switches in the car and at the landing, any one of which may be used to control the movement of the car as long as the button or switch is manually maintained in the actuating position.

Subd. 5. Elevator. As used in this chapter, "elevator" means moving walks and vertical transportation devices such as escalators, passenger elevators, freight elevators, dumbwaiters, handpowered elevators, endless belt lifts, and wheelchair platform lifts, but does not include external temporary material lifts or temporary construction personnel elevators at sites of construction of new or remodeled buildings.

Subd. 6. Municipality. "Municipality," as used in sections 16B.74 to 16B.748, means a city, county, or town meeting the requirements of section 368.01, subdivision 1.

HIST: 1955 c 561 s 1; Ex1967 c 1 s 6; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1989 c 303 s 5,6; 1995 c 166 s 5,6,17

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