No Show - 8/16/17

No show this week as it’s been one of those weeks that simply has too many irons in the fire. I did get up early this morning but quickly realized that going for a bicycle ride and watching the sunrise was going to do more for my mind, body and soul than putting in a 14 hour day of work. So now it will only be a 10 hour day. I’ll be back next week.

Elevator Radio Show 475 - Week 08/09/17

I’m back from a nice vacation with my family and as always wish it was longer.  It’s a short show today as it appears many are taking vacations as before the kids go back to school.  On the show today we discuss the amusement ride accident in Ohio an editorial piece regarding the city of NY and the first ever VR Elevator to the Moon game. Enjoy it everyone, it’s good to be back.


Elevator Radio Show 474 - Week 07/26/17

Another fatality in NY as news reports shared that a construction worker/electrician was found inside of an elevator shaft between the 5th and 6th floors of a building.  What needs to be shared with everyone is that he was a father of five and husband who didn’t should have been home that night.  Safety never takes a vacation, neither should any of us! 

This is our prize pack giveaway show so stay tuned to the end to see if you are the winner. We’re giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card along with some cool goodies donated by the following companies.  

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 473 - Week 07/19/17


It’s great to be back after what has felt like much longer than four weeks. I feel like I haven’t lost a step. As per last week’s post I truly am thankful for the outpouring of emails, calls and texts I received. There were simply too many to respond to.  As we head into the back end of July things are starting to settle down a bit which is a welcome state to be in and I even have a vacation planned for the first week of August with my family I’m looking forward to. With the start of August also means the Chicago Elevator Golf Outing is fast approaching.  If you like or love to golf come out and join us for a day of fun and new this year is a competition where your foursome might just be crowned the Chicago Elevator Open Champions of 2017.  Get your registrations in today for golf stay for dinner and enjoy the legendary raffle at night.

Next Show 7/19/17

I appreciate everyone’s patience in getting the show back online. It’s been a tough month as months go with my wife going into the hospital for a week the 3rd week in June. I haven’t had the chance to post on the show website about why the show hasn’t been up and online since for a month and for that I apologize. For those of you who have been wondering and have sent me emails and texts about Tiffany and the show I greatly appreciate it.  My beautiful bride is making a full recovery and I’m grateful she’s where she is today.

In addition to this travel, work and vacation schedules have made it extremely difficult to fit a show in. If you’re a long time listener and part of the Elevator Radio Show Family you’ll remember the reason for producing the show at 2 am each Wednesday is because I simply didn’t have any other time between work and family to do so.  While this week was the week I was supposed to be back, I’m covering for a few people on vacation this week and head up to northern Wisconsin for a Memorial Presentation for project I’ve been involved with for over a year.

No excuses here, I just felt I owed it to you all for some type of explanation. I care about the ERS show and bringing it to you each week and will be doing so next Wednesday. Thank you for listening each week and for being there. 

Elevator Radio Show 472 - Week 06/14/17

It’s off to the University of Virginia next week for the fast approaching Elevator U Conference which is one of my favorite of the year.  I’m looking forward to it and seeing so many of you who listen and support the show. This week is pretty short with less content which is nice to see. It means we’re doing our job to ensure equipment is safe and the news media doesn’t latch on to stories that don’t tell the whole story.  Congratulations to Bobby Schaefer for being honored at the Pop Joe Memorial Golf outing on Tuesday.

Elevator Radio Show 471 - Week 06/07/17


It’s as if the international community exploded with accidents and injuries this past week which were a bit on the concerning side. It makes you realize that other countries around the world struggle with safety as it relates to elevators and escalators.  And while I personally believe here in the US we take safety very seriously with our standards and codes there’s always room for improvement obviously after listening to individuals and presenters at the Elevator Safety Summit.  I sure hope next week’s show is not filled with similar ones. Those attending the CECA Conference, have a great time.

Elevator Radio Show 470 - Week 05/31/17

I was truly honored and humbled to have been part of the first ever Elevator Safety Summit. I’d like to thank Bob Shepherd, Emerald McGehee, Felicity Wilkinson, Jack Day for putting together an event that did nothing but talk about how to make the work place a safer one.  Dave Turner did an excellent job introducing the presenters and it was truly refreshing to see something like this focus entirely on safety.  It also was the perfect way to honor the memory and passion of Bob Caporale Sr who did everything he could to promote our industry and make it safer.  His loss has created a hole which will be difficult to fill for so many of us.  I could feel Bob’s spirit last week in so many of you whom I spoke with. 

At the close of the summit task groups were formed to focus specifically on safe working practices in a variety of high risk work related areas.  What started out as an idea became a reality last week, one that I personally hope leads to zero fatalities as well as injuries in and around the equipment we work on.  Congratulations Bob Shepherd on putting together a first class event.  Thank you for including me, I look forward to the work that completed to make our workforce safer. I also want to thank so many of you who stopped me to say hi. I appreciate it and it’s you that keep me going each week.  Stay “Safety Pinned” everyone.

Elevator Radio Show 469 - Week 05/17/17

Today’s show is a smooth one. Next week is the Elevator Safety Summit and you’ll find the agenda and packet for the event. I’m really looking forward to it and meeting many people whom I’ve never met before.  This is the first type of event of its kind and I have to tip my hat to the man behind the idea for such a conference.  Coming from the field Bob Shepherd understands how important safety is and has put a lot on the line in bringing us all together to talk about and come up with ideas and strategies to prevent accidents from happening.  He’s been promoting this event tirelessly for the last year and I personally admire him for that. I cannot wait for it to start and am honored to be a part of it.


Elevator Radio Show 468 - Week 05/10/17

It’s a heavier show than last week as we lead with an article that reports an 8 year old was killed in a home elevator accident.  These accidents simply tear me up inside to no avail and as a father I can’t imagine ever having to go through the loss of one of your kids.  If you have a client who has a home elevator please share the information that’s provided on the EESF website with any client of yours.   I never want to read about an accident like this again.  In addition the second article talks about the inspections in San Francisco which I provide some additional questions I wish the media would ask.  It was nice to see Michael Fagan sharing his expertise which he did nicely on the segment.  More commentary will be included in the show today.

Elevator Radio Show 467 - Week 05/03/17

I had a great time at the IAEC Conference last week and it was great to see and talk with vendors, consultants and contractors. It was an extremely productive week, the presentations excellent and I was impressed with the direction they are heading.   As with any conference like this it provided some insight I would not have known had I not attended.  Next up on the travel schedule the Elevator Safety Summit which I can’t wait to attend and present at.  

Elevator Radio Show 466 - Week 04/19/17 gets buttocks stuck in escalator.  Just another day in China. gets buttocks stuck in escalator.  Just another day in China. 

I’ll be attending the IAEC Conference next week in New Orleans and am looking forward to it and seeing many of you who listen to the show.  It’s always nice to get out on the road to realize how much is going on in our industry.   There won’t be a show next week most likely as these events are pretty packed with little time to do anything other conference activities.   Today’s show covers some truly concerning stories.  I honestly believe that if the media has gotten worse in how they cover articles and look forward to the day that ad revenue doesn’t drive the importance of being the “first” to break a story.  I’ll comment more on this during the show. 


Elevator Safety Summit Links

May 21-23 – Phoenix, AZ

Sponsorship/Registration Event Link

Sponsorship/Registration Event Packet Link (.pdf)


Elevator Radio Show 465 - Week 04/12/17

I’d like to thank so many of you who sent well wishes for my mom as well as simply thought about her last week. She’s home and getting stronger each and every day and I appreciate every one of you who kept her in your thoughts.  Check your calendars as we’ve got a few events fast approaching.  If you haven’t already sent in your registration/sponsorship please consider supporting them with your attendance and/or sponsorship.

No Show - 4/5/2017

Sorry but no show this week. I needed to catch up on some much needed sleep this morning as my mom has been in the hospital all week. It's truly one of the most difficult things you can do, watch someone you love struggle to get better and not being able to do anything is what makes it even worse.  No matter how many times you've been through it I can assure you it never gets easier. My plan is to be back next week as long as things improve and will keep you updated. Be safe out there. 

Elevator Radio Show 464 - Week 03/29/17

I had a great time interviewing Bob Shepherd last week and will continue to promote and support the Elevator Safety Summit. If it creates another avenue to keep our mechanics safe I’ll support it forever.  On this week’s show the big article had to do with what to do if an escalator malfunctions. I hope that my commentary sums up my disappointment in the reporters spin on it.  I can honestly tell you how little faith I have in the general media and their inability to do the right thing in how they create safety pieces like this.

Hey on the good side it’s our prize pack giveaway. Meaning one of you lucky listeners is going to walk away with a $100 Visa gift card and some cool goodies donated by the following companies.

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 463 - Week 03/22/17

On the show today I share an interview I had with Bob Shepherd I recorded last night.  Bob is the Executive Director of NAESA International and man dedicated putting together an event that focuses solely on safety within our industry.  The selfless idea and promotion behind the event may be difficult for some to understand but the goal should not after reading Bob's letter and listening to the interview. Since I have family that works in the field I want to make sure they come home to their loved ones each and every day.  I encourage you to support the Elevator Safety Summit by attending and/or sending with a donation to show that you too care about safety in our industry. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and it’s not impossible to imagine the future without any accidents.  Please take a moment to read Bob’s article, listen to the show and I promise it will provide you with a pretty good idea what this event is all about.  

Event Details - Elevator Industry Safety Summit -| May 21-23 – Phoenix, AZ

Stand with me for Safety! – Bob Shepherd

150 plus more for Safety, will you help me?
         I am not writing about elevator codes, government agencies or elevator gadgets, this time it is all about safety as it should be! 
         Well, here we are just two months away from the start of the first ever Elevator Industry Safety Summit, which will be held in Phoenix on Sunday evening May 21st. Nowhere in the world has an elevator industry event ever been entirely focused on safety, with people from all aspects of the industry coming together for a sole safety goal, to just save lives!  Most people know by now from my writings and my many conversations with my friends over the years, that I put my heart out there on my sleeve totally exposed, I hide nothing and always share my thoughts honestly. 
         So, here’s my heart: I need your help! Although we have many registered for the Safety Summit to which I thank them all, we need far more to get a more diverse collection of elevator industry people and to help pay the bills. When I started this initiative, and brought it to the NAESA board, I had just completed a feasibility study to see what support having a Safety Summit would garner from the elevator industry, the support at that time was tremendous from all I spoke with. I could have filled Yankee Stadium and Fort Knox with the promises of support at that time months ago, well here we are today and I need that same energy and support at this moment to make the Safety Summit a greater success, I need you all standing beside me in Phoenix.  I thank each of you who have registered already and the people who have promised to register, but I need that support now and much more of it. As I stated in a previous writing of mine, the only poker NAESA has in the fire or stake in this safety game is the NAESA vision to promote safety, as NAESA always does. NAESA does not have NAESA employees working in high risk environments, but our membership and many others do. NAESA saw a need and is trying to help. 
         NAESA saw a need to unify the elevator industry on safety and NAESA and many others recognized that a united effort was needed to create a uniform list of Fatality Prevention Processes (Safety Absolutes) which could be applied throughout the industry and then followed by all. 
         At this moment and being 100% honest, NAESA stands to lose monetarily, because proceeds may not cover the cost of this event. Of course, NAESA will if needed pay the short-coming proudly if it helps save one life, but I would be much happier and less anxious if NAESA, being a non-profit, didn’t have to pay this remaining contractual burden alone.  I guess with hindsight being 20/20, NAESA should have made it a trade show, we could have filled the place and had the venue bursting at the seams. For the life of me, I can’t understand why the same can’t be said for a 100% safety event? Safety should always be the main show, not the side show!
         Please help me, yes, I am the person with my heart on my sleeve and this Safety Summit was my dream together with Bob Caporale Sr, all in the name of saving a life! Bob knew this Safety Summit was going to happen and that is was being dedicated to his pursuit of elevator safety for all. 
         I have heard from some that I write too much personal stuff, well to me there is nothing more personal than safety. I am not a marketing or sales expert, I am just an old guy, who started as a coffee boy many years ago, who speaks and writes from the heart and one who will never give up on safety until the day I die. Then after that, I hope many others will keep Bob Caporale’s and my dream alive, going and growing. What more can I say? Please help me to save lives! 
         Below is a list of sponsors, in no special order for the Safety Summit to date, but they are all truly special to the industry and the safety cause, I, NAESA and the industry thank them all from my heart: 

GAL Canada – Steve Husband and the GAL Canada Team
TEI Elevator - New York City
Schindler Elevator – Vince Ribibero and all the Schindler team
MHT Codes & Consulting Specialists - Marc Tevyaw
GAL – Doug Witham, Steve Orts and all the GAL team
Davis L Turner & Associates - Dave Turner
Elevator Safety & Technical Services - Lee Rigby and team
Otis Elevator North and South America
Otis Elevator World Wide Engineering
ECNY – Elevator Conference of New York
Motion Control Engineering, Inc. - Ashur Kanon, Debbie Prince and team
KONE Elevator
Brugg Lifting, LLC – Martin Rhiner and team
OMEGA Industries – Greg DeCola and team
NAESA Canadian Region – Marc Tevyaw, region team and the members
CJ Anderson – Tom Sybert and team
Elevator Radio Show – Tom Sybert
EIWPF – Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund
QEITF – Qualified Elevator Inspector Training Fund
IUEC – International Union of Elevator Constructors
Code Data Plate - John Rearick and team
Delaware Elevator – David Smarte and team
Vator Accessories, Inc. – Lisa Grimes and team
Coaker & Company, P.C. - Jim Coaker
EHC - Escalator Handrail Canada - Patrick Bothwell and team
JSG Elevator Consultants - Michael Fagan, Frank Fletcher and team
Above is a great group to build on!
Forgive me it I missed a name, you will all be listed in the event program and on banners at the venue.
Let’s work together to help save lives by doing whatever it takes, life is worth the effort! I love you all! 
Thanks for listening and your support, be safe!

In the Public Interest!
Sincerely, Bob Shepherd
“Stay Safety Pinned”

Elevator Radio Show 462 - Week 03/15/17

If we don’t try and without the help of all, it will never end! Please Help!

**Reposted with Permission From Bob Shepherd - Executive Director NAESA International**

In memory of Robert Caporale and his dedication to elevator safety.   The Elevator Industry Safety Summit Phoenix, AZ May 21-23, 2017

In memory of Robert Caporale and his dedication to elevator safety.  

The Elevator Industry Safety Summit
Phoenix, AZ
May 21-23, 2017

A few words from a wife and mother and my thoughts:
I just read today about a man who was very gentle, at times too gentle and showed consideration for all. I read he was a great supporter of family, loved his two children and even though his work was busy, he always found time to spend with his children. He would often take them to zoos and aquariums, where his children would always find joy and excitement. Watching his children, he would always smile and be happy. I also read that he was a great father.
He passed in December of 2016 and now is gone forever. This is a quote from a letter his wife wrote after the accident, who I will keep anonymous for her privacy:

“His happiness was the happiness of his family, and I am sure he intended to protect us always. I am still unable to fully come to terms with our sudden parting. Even now he must be worried about the family he left behind. Now I pray only that he be free of concern and simply watch after our lives from above.”

This husband, father and mechanic was 32 years of age.

Excerpt from a recent email from a good friend and elevator consultant to me below:
“It is with a heavy heart and tears rolling down my face that I am compelled to inform you of another elevator man dying a preventable death. Earlier today, a technician was killed in a hoistway. I do not know exactly how the entire scene unfolded, but I know it was preventable!
It was only a couple of months ago, I shared my personal story with him while encouraging him to 'work safe'.  Chances are just that, chances!!
I saw him only yesterday while taking my mother to the doctor.  He inquired about my mother's condition (after a recent accident).  After a short conversation, I left him as I normally would, "be safe".  Had I only known-such a loss.
Please continue your vigilant efforts to ensure everyone is 'safety pinned'.”
Please read on: we all need to help stop the above words from being said!
All too frequently we read of a serious accident or fatality in the elevator industry which shocks the industry, but as when you see an automobile accident, you slow down for a few miles and tend to drive safer, but shortly after when the memory fades and other distractions occupy your mind, you accelerate that vehicle and start taking risks once more. The same happens in the elevator industry, people have a heightened awareness of safety after bad news hits the wire, but soon after laziness and the superman attitude takes over once more and risks are taken again. How do we keep safety awareness heightened and our workers safe and alive.

These two good men, great fathers and husbands in these sad stories above are now missed and will always be missed and never forgotten. These two fatalities have changed both families for the worse and their lives will never be the same from now and forever. We the industry all need to help now and forever.
The Elevator Industry Safety Summit is something I wanted to make happen for years, but never had the forum to do so, but now I do and with the help of the entire industry, just maybe we can find that golden nugget which will hopefully end the occurrence of severe accidents and fatalities forever, for certain what we are doing now is not working.
This is not a NAESA International event alone, it is an Elevator Industry wide event, except that I started the ball rolling and used NAESA International as the vehicle to possibly help save a life and some pain. I and NAESA have made an investment of our resources and finances, even though employees of NAESA will never be put at risk of an elevator accident in the workplace. NAESA believes that with the entire Elevator Industry working together as partners we can start to improve worker and rider safety for all. NAESA has taken a huge financial risk in hopes of pulling the industry together, please don’t let my dream and Bob Caporale’s dream fade. We need to all focus on safety together in hopes of possibly identifying, what we all have been missing for years and why we are still experiencing major accidents and fatalities to the elevator worker and at times to the riding public. 
So, in closing: without all the Elevator Industry’s support, financially and by attending, we will all fail and then our first and maybe only chance to bring and bond this industry together as a family may slip away. This type of safety event has never happened before, where so many people have decided to put all aside and work together for the common good and the united goal of safety, but we still need many more involved by attending and offering financial support.

Cutoff date for Hotel Reservation under the room block is April 21st.
See attached flier by clicking here.
Please help by attending and also by financially supporting the Elevator Industry Safety Summit through a sponsorship offering, and please find it in your hearts to support the Elevator Safety Summit financially, even if you find it impossible to attend. Your thoughtful sponsorship will be placed on banners at the event and placed in the Safety Summit event program. As I stated earlier, NAESA has no real stake in the game or iron in the fire, but we have a heart which wants to help make this elevator world safer by working in: “The Public Interest”.
Please call me: Bob Shepherd Executive Director of NAESA International, I will be more than glad to let you know where my heart is about safety. I love each and every person out there in the elevator world and I cry each time I hear that my elevator family is grieving.
Our elevator family needs your help!
Please call me, I would love to share my thoughts with you on where we are with the summit!
Sincerely, Bob Shepherd 609.780.5551

"Stay Safety Pinned" 

Elevator Radio Show 461 - Week 03/08/17

Leading this week’s show is a story of horrific proportion. Please support the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation and their mission through their online and printed educational programs for kids.  In the last two weeks there have been accidents involving two children that most likely could have been prevented if both children and parents were aware of how to ride escalators safely. It’s not a feel good show today on any level.


Elevator Radio Show 460 - Week 03/01/17

Escalators replaced by slides? Only in China. 

Escalators replaced by slides? Only in China. 

Just a quick note regarding the Elevator Safety Summit, in order for you to secure your room and get the special room rate you need to book it directly with the Sheraton Grand Phoenix as soon as possible. Space is filling up so don’t wait till the last minute like I normally do and end up having to locate a hotel room that’s down the road.   You can register for the event by clicking here.  Do it today and thank you as always for tuning in to the show today.