The ‘noun-verb’ lifts connotes so many different meanings, but one thing that could be understood and appreciated by it is that its intention is to help or give assistance, as in giving elderly folks a lift to the mall every once in a while, or giving someone in despair a lift. You see then how the word has both figurative and literal meanings. Indeed, cargo lifts remain commercially driven. The mind boggles as to how many businesses are being helped out by it. And yet it is being driven in so many different ways. For instance, cargo lifts need to be installed on a factory premises that are at least three stories high.
There is just no way that heavy goods and the machinery that manufactures and prepares it can be carried any other way, from one floor to the next. And the placing of the cargo lifts has to be very carefully planned. For instance, it might make more sense to have a cargo lift stationed on the exterior side of a building. It would also have to be placed in a fairly isolated area so that in the extreme case of an accident, minimal loss and damage will occur. Lifts remain strategically placed at all public and private hospitals. Its main purpose will always be to transport bedridden patients, particularly in emergencies.
You can go as far as suggesting that such lifts will be operating at higher than average speeds, given the sense of emergency. But such lifts would need to be carefully and properly maintained, because in such cases surely, accidents will be non-negotiable. A lot more than mere loss and damage is at stake. Most readers will be familiar with the passenger lifts, but what of those designed to carry those with disabilities?