Elevator Radio Show 495 – Week 2/14/2018

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  It’s an action packed show today with lots to cover.  Next week I’ll be in Tampa attending the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Annual General Meeting. I’m looking forward to it and sharing the progress the EESF has been making.  I’ve been lucky to have had my turn helping guide the foundation along and look forward to supporting it in the future.  I return early Wednesday so there will be no show next week. 

 

Elevator Radio Show 494 – Week 2/7/2018

Still Sick - 1/31/2018

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After a trip to the doctor on Friday he told me the best thing I can do is give my body the rest it needs to fight and get better.  No show today as I slept until 5:30 am and needed it. I'm feeling much better. I appreciate all of your well wishes and look forward to being back next Wednesday.  

No Show – 1/24/2018

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I’ve been sick as many of my coworkers as well. Seems we picked up the flu bug or plague.  I can’t remember being hit so hard before.  To quote one of my coworkers who was shocked when I left work before lunch time to go home on Monday.  “Tom must be at deaths door because he NEVER leaves work, and I mean NEVER!”  I’m not sure if that just means I’m dedicated or just plain stupid, I figure it’s just plain stupidity but the reality is when you run a small business you have a different level of responsibilities you owe those you work with, your customers and the industry you hold so close to your heart.  I’m not feeling all that better and need to get to the doctor. 

My illness is nothing compared to a news article that popped up yesterday when I learned an elevator mechanic feel to his death in New York City. The article link is attached and it’s difficult to believe we’ve had two fatalities in the first 23 days of 2018. It’s so sad and in many ways unbelievable. http://abc7ny.com/fatal-elevator-shaft-fall-in-kips-bay/2980166/

Elevator Radio Show 493 – Week 1/17/2018

Support the family of one of our own. https://www.gofundme.com/brandonsfarewell

Support the family of one of our own. https://www.gofundme.com/brandonsfarewell

As we learn the identity of the mechanic who was killed in a work related accident last week I think it hurts even more after learning he was a young father. If the photos don’t help you in working methodical and safe each day nothing will.

Elevator Radio Show 492 – Week 1/10/2018

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This New Year has started off tragically when an elevator mechanic was found dead on top of an elevator in Texas.  Details are still not complete yet and I will share them as they become available. As much as we talk about safety we need to press on and continue to promote it so that there are zero accidents and zero fatalities. The work that’s done in our industry is dangerous and not worth the pay grade many mechanics make if they don’t make it home to their family each night.  Do your part to press safety. Make it become the first thing you think about getting out of bed each morning.

Story of the Otis "All Safe Elevator"

Here's a story on a cool project I was lucky enough to be part of. Both George Gibson, Bob Shepherd and George's son need to take the credit. My part was very small in comparison. 

Otis "All Safe Elevator"

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Elisha Graves Otis “All Safe Elevator” 

 I thought I would share a couple of photos of a project George Gibson (NAESA Senior Advisor) and Bob Shepherd (Executive Director of NAESA) have been working on for a few months now. George and Bob both wanted working replicas of the Elisha Graves Otis, “All Safe” elevator which Mr. Otis used to demonstrate his first safe elevator in NYC back in the 1800s at the Crystal Palace and said the now famous words: “All safe gentlemen, all Safe”

George’s son Scott of Momentum Woodworks fabricated the wooden parts and Tom Sybert of CJ Anderson Co fabricated the safety parts, levers, springs, crosshead plates and linkages using a 3D printer, where would we be if there were 3D printers in the 1800s? After we had all the parts fabricated we sat down and with a little polishing, filing, honing and adjusting, all the parts worked as designed in the assemblies. George and Bob supplied the tools, field expertise and engineering knowledge and the old war stories to get the assembly completed, which would have taken half the time if we hadn’t talked so much. They all worked as designed, when the ropes were cut all cars rested safely on their safeties, so yes, “All safe gentlemen, All safe”.

Happy New Year! No Show 1/3/2018

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Happy New Year everyone! Looking forward to a safe and happy 2018.  There's no show to due to some equipment updates I'm making to my recording setup.  An issue with a new sound card has pretty much killed my computer's ability to receive or send audio.

I should have it fixed by next week and will have a show for you then.  Welcome 2018,  I'm looking forward to a great year. 

Elevator Radio Show 491 – Week 12/27/2017

Never attempt to build or install a homemade elevator lifting device no matter who on Pintrest says it's easy and safe.  These are dangerous and could very well kill you or a family member. You have been warned. 

Never attempt to build or install a homemade elevator lifting device no matter who on Pintrest says it's easy and safe.  These are dangerous and could very well kill you or a family member. You have been warned. 

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas.  It was great to see family and friends and by the time Tuesday rolled around it was nice to have an extra day off. It’s a very light show today. I almost didn’t produce it as my computer took about an hour to update this morning but it finally finished.  Also I was a little disheartened at the fact that the number one website link that pulled up in my news collector was that of a bloke sliding down the center of an escalator which should NEVER be done!  I wish that ad revenue and human kind in general didn’t feed the machine like this. Happy New Year, looking forward to the opportunities to make our industry a better one on in 2018!

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

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

Elevator Radio Show 490 - Week 12/20/2017

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Happy Holidays to you and your family. As we finish up 2017 I wish you nothing less than a prosperous and safe 2018.  There are good articles on the show today which is being hosted by one of my favorite people, Santa Claus.  I’m doing my part to lighten the mood during what I consider one of the most stressful times of the year for many. Do your best to not let that stress follow you to work, I know that can seem impossible at times but keep in mind distractions can lead to serious accidents.  Do what you can to de-stress when you feel it building beyond what you can handle.

No Show Today - 12/13/2017

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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

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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 www.eesf.org to find out how to ride escalators safely. 

Visit www.eesf.org 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,  ElevatorU.org, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, Parts Specialists Inc, Elevatormanstories.com, CodeDataPlate.com, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

Elevator Radio Show 487 – Week 11/22/2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.