No Show Today - 12/13/2017


I'm not sure if it's because of the holiday parties I attended in the past week or if it's been the late nights and lack of sleep but on Monday I started to feel not so good. Instead of running my body down to where I can hardly function I'm on antibiotics and trying to rest a bit while tackling year end duties at work, holiday events with the family and keeping up with attending my sons wrestling matches. I slept in today and needed it. I'll be back next week and look forward to it. 

Elevator Radio Show 489 – Week 12/6/2017


Buy a raffle ticket tonight at the CEA Party and you might win this Amazon Echo! Proceeds benefit the EESF. 

Tonight is the Chicago Elevator Association Christmas which I’m looking forward to attending. In addition to some holiday goody baskets which will be raffled away they will be raffling off a new Echo Show tonight at the party which proceeds will benefit the EESF. I’m looking forward to catching up with many of you I don’t get to see but once a year.

It All Started 12/14/2005 - ERS Show #1

Big Chunky monitor, different setup and more hair on my head. 12/14/2005

Big Chunky monitor, different setup and more hair on my head. 12/14/2005

I wanted to share my first show with everyone who may not have had the chance to listen to it. Twelve years ago and 488 shows later here we are.  I've met some pretty awesome industry friends over the years and around the world which I'm grateful for.  In 2005 the way in which we consumed media and news was very different.  Each show took close to an hour to upload each week and it could only be listened to on your computer, downloaded to a Ipod or MP3 Player.  We've come a long way with Google news alerts, Facebook, Twitter in how information is shared. I'm not sure it's for the better but it's quicker.  Thanks for joining me for this ride. No matter where you got on the Elevator Radio Show Train it's great to have you on board.  

Elevator Radio Show 488 – Week 11/29/2017

Visit to find out how to ride escalators safely. 

Visit to find out how to ride escalators safely. 

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. For me it was really nice but busy.  By the time Monday rolled around I was pretty tired and look forward to this weekend for a little rest. I was hoping there wouldn’t be a whole lot to cover on today’s show but unfortunately there were more stories to cover that were important enough to share so here we are.

Last Show Of The Month – Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To The Following Sponsors Of This

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, GAL, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, Parts Specialists Inc,,, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

Elevator Radio Show 487 – Week 11/22/2017


Some of you listen each and every week, some simply visit the website to view the content online and others take a moment to send an email or tell me in person that they give me credit for doing what I do.  Today I give you all thanks for being part of my “elevator” family.  I can think of no other profession I’d rather be doing or industry I’d rather be part of.  I’m grateful for the wonderful friendships I’ve been lucky enough to have made over the years and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  So thank you for being a part of this awesome ride. Safe travels to all who are heading away from home for Thanksgiving.  We all have so much to be thankful for that one day is not enough to remember this.

Elevator Radio Show 486 – Week 11/15/2017


This week’s show proves that when stalled in an elevator its best not to take your frustration out on the elevator itself or you’re going to have a big bill to pay. Also an elevator technician in Canada shares the myths of movies and does a pretty good job. One week until my favorite holidays is fast approaching; almost time to give thanks for our friends, family and this industry.

Elevator Radio Show 485 – Week 11/8/2017


I’m still feeling a bit under the weather and know some recent travel has not helped.  The good news is that there are no accidents relating to elevators, escalators or moving walkways on the program today.  This Saturday is Veterans Day so remember to thank a Vet for serving our country. You might see them at the grocery store; they might have a hat on which shows where they served.  Walk up to them, look them in the eyes, offer your hand out and as you shake there’s thank them for serving.   Freedom is not free and many have sacrificed more than any of us know to ensure we continue to have this unalienable right. 

Elevator Radio Show 484 – Week 11/1/2017

Elevator in India looks more like a trash compactor. 

Elevator in India looks more like a trash compactor. 

Good to be back although I could have used a couple extra hours of sleep, at least that’s what my body is telling me. The show is packed with articles and at least two of which I’m certain are being discussed on the job and between coworkers and for good reason.  I’ll talk more about that on today but want to leave you with this. Safety in our industry falls on each one of us. When accidents happen it is easy to point the finger at who is to blame but we are ultimately responsible for one person, ourselves. 


No Show Today - 10/25/17


No shows today due to the fact small alien pathogens have invaded my body and are trying to take over.  Thankfully my white blood cells are fitting back.  What started as a cold on Monday turned into a night with little sleep.  Last night my head hit the pillow around 8 pm and I thankfully slept through the night for what has to have been a record for me, nine hours more or less straight through. Wash your hands everyone, take care of your bodies and be mindful of getting others sick.  I should be back next Wednesday. 

Elevator Radio Show 483 - Week 10/18/17


On the program today we talk about the top ten best jobs in Canada, learn where Perak is and cover and reflect on widening the perspective on the footprint we make in our industry and world.  Things that might actually make you scratch your head and think a bit.  Maybe even enough to start a conversation with your helper, coworker, spouse or children.  In addition I asked the question, why are experts stating that elevators installed today have a 10-15 year life expectancy before needing to be replaced.  Those of you who are in Germany at the Interlift show, pace yourself. Germans only have 31 days to celebrate Octoberfest and take advantage of each one of them to do so.

Elevator Radio Show 482 - Week 10/11/17


Three stories on today’s show highlight the need for the EESF and the distribution of its safety programs to kids and parents. While two accidents occurred in China, one was here in the California. There are few details to share about the one in our backyard but anytime first responders are required for an extraction it’s never a good thing. Parents, this message is to you. Kids are curious and want to explore, I know because I have three boys.  You can’t keep them safe from everything and learning through their actions is a significant tool as they grow. However with that said it is your responsibility to recognize that attention to them around escalators, elevators, weed wackers, lawn mowers, potatoes guns or anything else that is mechanical or moves needs special care to use.  If you’re in this industry tell the world about safety and how to ride elevators and escalators safely and what to do if the equipment does not operate as it was designed to.

Elevator Radio Show 481 - Week 10/04/17

Congratulations to Craig Zomchek 2017-2018 NAEC President

Congratulations to Craig Zomchek 2017-2018 NAEC President

I want to personally thank everyone who wrote me last week letting me know I was not alone in what I attempt to do each week.  I was blown away by everyone who took the time to write, call and send me text messages.  On top of all of those I was lucky enough to attend the NAESA Wisconsin Elevator Symposium last week and only for a day but it was great to talk with so many friends whom I haven’t seen in a while.  While I was only able to attend one day it was great to see the turn out the event received.  Today’s show is light on news but heavy on appreciation.

Elevator Radio Show 480 - Week 09/27/17

Elevator Riders Riding Club Founder Glenn Duncan, The Winner Of The 50/50 and Laurie Dueitt Program Director of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation - NAEC 2017 Atlantic City

Elevator Riders Riding Club Founder Glenn Duncan, The Winner Of The 50/50 and Laurie Dueitt Program Director of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation - NAEC 2017 Atlantic City

Today’s show leads with a piece coming out of Nebraska. If this is how all of our legislators felt I’d say we’re in trouble.  In addition I’ve got a special message to all the naysayers out there.  Listen for more on the show.  For those of you who headed to Atlantic City for the NAEC Convention I hope it was a good event for you.  Special thanks go out to Glenn Duncan who headed the 50/50 Raffle for the EESF and the donation by the NAEC of the two life sized Safe-T-Riders characters that were unveiled at the EESF fundraiser on Saturday night.  Tomorrow is the Wisconsin Elevator Symposium which is a favorite for many in the industry. The perfect opportunity to get QEI credits if needed.  I will be there and am looking forward to it!  

Last Show Of The Month – Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To The Following Sponsors Of This

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, GAL, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, Parts Specialists Inc,,, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing


Keeping Safety Front and Center!

I truly love the passion that Bob Shepherd brings to our industry and in promoting safety. His latest letter shared in NAESA International Progress Newsletter is spot on in how we all need to be thinking about safety.  I encourage you to share this with your coworkers and let's all do our part in making accidents non existent.  Also consider becoming a member of NAESA International.  They are the authority on safety and live and breath it every day.  

Bob Shepherd, Executive Director

Bob Shepherd, Executive Director

2017 - September Edition of the Progress - Bob Shepherd - NAESA International

This is one of the most difficult PROGRESS articles I have ever written. With great sadness, I share with you, that we have lost three more members from our elevator family to “accidents” all three fatalities happened in North America, not that it matters where. There were three separate accidents and in one of the “accidents” there was also an elevator family member who was critically injured, but luckily, he has survived! Will this never end? We will all miss the three mechanics and pray for the speedy recovery of the helper injured. 
          Along with all this terrible news, an elevator inspector almost became a fatality while doing his job after entering a pit on a LULA. Not one of these “accidents” should have happened. I see no reason to list names or details, they are just “accidents”, so who really cares, we all should! The details will be known to most in time. Why do I put quotes around the word, accident? For two reasons: I hate hearing the word and I personally believe that there are very few actually accidents by definition. To me an accident is when a plane falls on your head, a slim chance of happening at 1 in 400,000,000 or possibly you get hit by a meteorite, odds are 1 in 1,600,000, events which are preventable are not “accidents”. To digress, why no reason to list names and details of the “accidents”? Names will be forgotten and details will fade, we all have such short memories these days, so all will fade away quickly, while the pain and sorry remains in the lives of the survivors forever, such a shame for the people who are forced to remember. How will the rest of us never forget and never fall victim?
It is time for all the industry to fix this safety issue, elevator companies, all segments of labor, every elevator trade organization and every individual who works in or around the industry needs to find a way to come together and work to put an end to this carnage. These past few weeks has hit me like a ton of bricks and it shows me and many that we are not doing enough. NAESA will find a way to keep safety of the worker and the rider always foremost, this I promise. Please, let’s work together to put an end to this recurring awful news. Contact me with your ideas and let’s see if we can form a safety council from all segments of the industry as I listed earlier to try and find the golden nugget to stop this insanity. Please contact Bob Shepherd 609-780-5551 if you believe you can help!
An Accident: 
1. an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
2. an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause.
“An accident, also known as unintentional injury, is an undesirable, incidental, and unplanned event that could have been preventedhad circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. Most scientists who study unintentional injury avoid using the term "accident" and focus on factors that increase risk of severe injury and that reduce injury incidence and severity (Robertson, 2015).”
          Seems like nothing is working, the same old is still the same old and people are still getting injured and some are dying, while installing and servicing elevating devices of all designs. Looks like we need to try something new to change the status quo and wake up the masses, let’s poke and awaken the safety listlessness and boredom with an added personal touch of safety caring. Most people are aware in some manner; alcohol anonymous, weight watchers, exercise trainers, educational tutors and the like which often use coaches or sponsors to help people get through the day, night and the hard times. Why not have a safety buddy, a friend, a safety sponsor, someone dedicated to a person to enhance the safety message daily and to be there when things get tough or confusing to help a friend avoid taking a risk. Ok, so I sound crazy, but what is in place now, the safety status quo is not working. If you believe it is working and you are comfortable with a serious accident or fatality happening every couple of months or that some certain amount fatalities are part of the industry, then shame on you! I will never accept a single fatality and I believe no one else ever will! Team up, become safety buddies and help keep a friend alive. Be there for your friend, fellow father, mother, husband, wife, brother or sister. Team up and say hi each morning and remind your safety buddy to work safe and remember who waits for you at the end of the day. You will call a friend to talk about who won that ballgame, so let’s all find a friend to call and talk about safety which is much more important. Please help keep a friend safe and at the same time keep yourself safe!
Share the below to all, it worked for me when my mind was racing and my anxieties were trying to take over: 
Any level of anxiety can cloud your thoughts and may lead to an accident, to you or the public!

Twelve steps for Safety and Life:

  1. If you feel your anxieties taking over, stop what you are doing immediately
  2. Find a safe place and exhale ten deep breaths, inhaling takes care of itself
  3. Never forget your loved ones, call a special person now
  4. Talk about now to yourself and do a hazard assessment of the situation
  5. Focus on "the now", don’t forget the small stuff, it may hurt you
  6. Continually think of your safety and your family and friends waiting for you
  7. Get help as needed, put pride aside, don't let your ego cloud your judgment
  8. When help via telephone is not absolutely needed, turn off your cell phone.
  9. Remove distractions: tell distracting people to go away
  10. Once calm, then and only then start the task after you have mitigated all risk and have a plan in place to proceed safely
  11. Don’t hesitate to start the steps over if anxieties rise again
  12. Recognize when all has failed, get help and support immediately

In closing:
          I will be speaking at the Wisconsin Elevator Safety Symposium once more and I will be talking SAFETY, I am just speaking for thirty minutes, so I will talk fast, please be there for safety and me! I can’t wait to see my friends and NAESA members once more. Dates: Wisconsin Symposium, September 28th & 29th
          Also with all the speakers, there will be a very informative presentation given at the Wisconsin Symposium given by: Geraldine Burdeshaw of ASME describing the Interpretation/Inquiry process and what a Code Case is and its future use. Don’t miss it, the conversation will be very informative and help with an inspector’s duties. 
Let’s continue to work together to help save lives by doing whatever it takes, life is worth the effort! I love you all and I want you all here with me for many years to come! 
Thanks for listening and your support, be safe!


          Bob Shepherd
          “Stay Safety Pinned” 

Elevator Radio Show 479 - Week 09/20/17


Another accident claims the life of a technician in Montreal which brings the count up to three this year. Details are very limited at this time and we ask you to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.   As more information is released I’ll share it on the program. I’m proud to have been a part of the Elevator Safety Summit and truly hope that the recommended steps each of the working committees comes up with are accepted and adopted so that we never have to read another story like this again.   

Elevator Radio Show 478 - Week 09/13/17


What a week it’s been. Hurricane Irma struck Florida hard leaving 12 dead in the state and destruction in its path.  The death toll in Texas was last reported at 70 showing us just how powerful Mother Nature can be.  As both Texas and Florida continue to cleanup and rebuild I encourage you to donate to a charity that benefits those most in need.   I have already donated the amount that would have been used to exhibit and attend the convention this year that was postponed.   This amount was split equally between Hurricane Harvey and Irma specific funds set up by The American Red Cross.  In addition our industry suffered another fatality in Canada and on Monday we remembered the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11.

2017 NAEC Convention Postponed


Hot off the email. The NAEC Conference next week has been postponed due to hurricane Irma. It is totally the right move to make and I'm not sure an easy one.  Keep those in the islands that got hit hard in your thoughts and prayers as well as our friends and family in Florida there too. Let's not forget those in Houston still dealing with Harvey and the clean up effort. 

9/7/17 - 2:04 PM CST
From the NAEC Board and Staff
Due to Hurricane Irma’s anticipated effect on Orlando, NAEC’s Convention & Expo scheduled for September 11 – 14, 2017, is postponed.  We are working currently on new dates and will send information as soon as we know details.  We will address any questions at that time. 
Please know we are carefully reviewing the industry calendar as well as religious and national holidays.  
Thank you for the outpouring of understanding, care, and appreciation.  Your kindness and expression of support this week has given us renewed energy to focus on meeting the needs of everyone! 

NAEC Board and Staff

Elevator Radio Show 477 - Week 09/06/17


As Houston starts the cleanup/rebuilding process please consider donating financially if you’re able to do so.  Here’s a link to an article which can help you decide where you donation will go the furthest. I know we have ERS Family down in the area and our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.  Now Puerto Rico, the surrounding islands and Florida have to worry about Irma and what appears to be one of the worst hurricanes to hit Florida in a long time.  Let’s hope it loses some strength the closer to land it gets.  Those of you headed to the NAEC Convention, safe travels. I’m looking forward to seeing so many of you down in Orlando.


No Show This Week - 08/30/17


There’s now show this week as I just returned for taking my son to college.  I want to let both friends and family know in the Houston and surrounding area that you’re in our thoughts right now.  The news coverage of the flooding that we’re seeing is devastating.  If there’s anything any of your industry family can help you with please reach out to me and I’ll spread the word and I, along with others, will help you the best that I can. 

I wanted to share this one story with you as it directly relates to flooding and elevators.  This same type of accident happened in 2001. Let’s take steps to ensure that accidents like this don’t happen again the next time any type of flooding occurs where elevators are present.

Elevator Radio Show 476 - Week 08/23/17


I was serious whenever I’ve stated on the show that when traveling outside the US and Canada to think twice about using elevators and escalators. The lead horrific story on today's show is the reason why.  This week has too many articles that relate to accidents and I hope that you share them with those you work with.  Use them as learning tools, pick an article, see what might have been done differently, speculate on what might have happened and how to prevent it from happening the future. Today's show theme; Use the articles as tools for accident prevention both for workers and for the general riding public.