Week 5/16/18 - No Show

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I'm not one to make excuses for anything but I simply needed a good nights sleep. The last five nights it's been less than that which has had me simply getting out of bed and heading to work to attempt to catch up on work. So pretty much every day has been  similar to what my typical Elevator Radio Show Wednesdays are like.  I'm looking forward to getting through this week and hope the next is a little easier. 

Elevator Radio Show 504 – Week 5/9/2018

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On today’s program I get to get to share an experience I had regarding an elevator from 1934, an accident and the problem with building/elevator owners who simply won’t invest in there elevators. So what’s the moral of the story? When you’re a cheap ass slumlord with no intention of investing in your buildings there’s a good chance someone is going to get hurt or worse lose their life.  As contractors, inspectors, consultants and manufacturers we all need to take steps to make sure these people understand the ramifications of not maintaining, repairing and/or upgrading their elevators could lead too which is injury or worse. 

Elevator Radio Show 503 – Week 5/2/2018

 BART's approach to keeping elevators drug and urine free with elevator attendants might just be what is needed to prevent both from happening. 

BART's approach to keeping elevators drug and urine free with elevator attendants might just be what is needed to prevent both from happening. 

Today’s show leads with what I think is a pretty good idea as it relates to the issues of elevators being used as bathrooms in Transit Systems in large metropolitan cities.  While the pilot program will prove whether it’s effective or not I give BART a lot of credit for giving it a try. The show is short and sweet today.

Elevator Radio Show 502 – Week 4/25/2018

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I was close to only sharing one news story today and looking back maybe I should have. Each that follows the lead article fails to compare to the tragedy of losing another elevator mechanic.  I read other articles and Facebook posts where those who knew Randy referred to him as a Superhero.  I need you all to remember that you are someone’s Superhero.  You may not feel like it but you are and those whom might view you as such would never be the same if something like this were to happen to you.  Our industry sends its most deep heart sympathy to the friends and family of Randy Wilson. Work safe out there.

Last Show Of The Month – Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To The Following Prize Pack Giveaway Donors!

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

Elevator Radio Show 501 – Week 4/18/2018

Elevator Radio Show 500 – Week 4/11/2018

  Tom Sybert - Being Interviewed on Innovation Hub at WBEZ NPR in Chicago. 

Tom Sybert - Being Interviewed on Innovation Hub at WBEZ NPR in Chicago. 

I was never really a big fan of milestones or my own birthday for that matter and simply feel lucky just being able to do what I enjoy doing.  I want to thank each of you for joining me each week as I’ve made some awesome friends along the way.  So thank you for helping make me want to do this each week.  

Yes, it seems that the three thumbnail choices that Youtube pulls from my video are sometimes the most ridiculous ones in the world. My goal is to share ones that are the worst. 

Elevator Radio Show 499 – Week 4/4/2018

No Show – 3/21 & 3/28

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It’s been an extremely busy week at work and on top of it I’ve been trying to get ready for a short family trip out to Montana which starts at 1 am on Friday morning.  It’s one of those endless driving trips from Chicago which will take almost a day to get there. The good news is for once I’ve got four drivers which should make spreading the time behind the wheel a bit more bearable. We’re heading out to visit my oldest son during spring break. 

I realized last night that I needed to bank some sleep hours before the fun begins and know that while I can handle one early morning without sleep two in one week is tough on me.  We should be getting back next Wednesday in the morning so the next two weeks there will be no show. 

Elevator Radio Show 498 – Week 3/14/2018

Elevator Radio Show 497 – Week 3/07/2018

 Crazy elevator openings at the Rosemont Parking Garage gives a whole new meaning to "Got Lift"?  Photo Credit: J. Day

Crazy elevator openings at the Rosemont Parking Garage gives a whole new meaning to "Got Lift"?  Photo Credit: J. Day

It was nice to see many of you at the NAESA International Spring Workshop on Friday. I appreciate the opportunity to provide a very quick update on the EESF and what we covered during our annual meeting.  Education is critical in everything we do and continuing it yearly if not daily is important. The day I stop learning something new is the day I should be in the eight feet under. Share what you learn with others, especially when it comes to preserving and protecting the safety of others.

 Get your "got lift" Goods today by clicking the image above. 

Get your "got lift" Goods today by clicking the image above. 

Elevator Radio Show 496 – Week 2/28/2018

There is so much to cover on the show today that’ I’m certain of leaving something or many things out.  First and foremost I’m back from the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Annual General Meeting and it felt good to pass the gavel on to Mark Mullins the EESF’s new Chairman.  I’m proud to be a member of the foundation and also to have helped it these past few years but now it’s ready for the executive board to help it reach its goals and promote its mission.  

Last Show Of The Month – Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To The Following Prize Pack Giveaway Donors!

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

 

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