No Show - 2/15/17

I'm currently attending the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation yearly Annual General Meeting in Mobile, AL. The talent on our board of directors always impresses me. I'll have a complete update on where the EESF has been and the plan for the foundation in the upcoming year on next weeks program. I'm excited and look forward to listening to ideas, comments on how to eliminate preventable accidents on elevators, escalators and moving walkways due to rider behavior. 

To support the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation visit www.eesf.org today!

Elevator Radio Show 458 - Week 02/8/17

http://www.eesf.org/home-elevator-safety

http://www.eesf.org/home-elevator-safety

I wish I never had to cover another story again that involved a child being killed by a home elevator.  If you have a home elevator please click here for information on how to help ensure that it’s safe.  As a parent I can’t imagine living through anything like this and our hearts and prayers go out to the family. Next week The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation meets in Mobile, AL for their Annual General Meeting and as a board hope to do everything possible to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future. No show next week as I’ll be attending the meeting.

Elevator Radio Show 457 - Week 02/1/17

Elevator Vandalism Can Be Expensive! 

Elevator Vandalism Can Be Expensive! 

It feels like I rode an express train right through January. On the good side its one month closer to Spring and warmer temperatures. Some good articles are on the show today. One which involved an elevator fall in Macon which details are a bit light on.  Another involving terrible accident on a escalator and a mom’s worst nightmare.  There are actually about five to six articles worthy of sharing today so share away.

Elevator Radio Show 456 - Week 01/25/17

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Today we have accidents galore and some pretty unique articles that I’m pretty confident you’ll have yourself scratching your head saying hmmm. It’s a wet and raining morning here in Chicago, a good day to work or stay in bed if you’re able. Share the show with friends, listen for the end to see if you’ve won the prize pack and most important be safe.

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

Elevator Radio Show 455 - Week 01/18/17

Good short show today which covers a landlord being sued for not having elevator repairs made which should be an indication for others who do the same thing to see similar suits launched. It’s sad that it takes this kind of action to prevent tenants from being stranded in their own homes. In addition BART offers an explanation for escalator issues system wide.   

 

Elevator Radio Show 454 - Week 01/11/17

Where did NY Bill S1945 go? 

Where did NY Bill S1945 go? 

There are a few articles on the show today which bother me. The first link especially as lawmakers in NY want to ensure all construction related fatalities are kept track of an not just those that involve violations onsite.  I’m honestly not sure how this would prevent them from happening.  Instead of focusing on this piece of legislation how about promoting the one that requires that anyone maintains or installs the vertical conveyance equipment by licensed and trained to do so.  Unfortunately Bill S1945 seems to have vanished from the NY State Senate website. Not a great indication it’s moving anywhere.

 

Elevator Radio Show 453 - Week 01/04/17

Elevator Radio Show 452 - Week 12/28/2016

Elevator Radio Show 452 - Week 12/28/16

In what should be a quiet week there were too many serious accidents that needed to be covered on the show today unfortunately.  Let’s make sure that as we ring in the New Year we all commit to making sure that the equipment we maintain, install, manufacture and inspect is as safe as we can make it to ensure that everyone is safe working on riding on it.  Plan on supporting and registering for the 2017 Elevator Safety Summit as it’s the first of its kind in our industry!

 

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

 

Elevator Radio Show 451 - Week 12/21/16

It’s the week of Christmas and I’m looking forward to next Monday when we all can rest and relax a bit with a much needed day off on Monday.  Then four more days of work and another day off to celebrate the New Year.  It’s always such a busy time of the year with year end, the holidays so make sure you take some time to relax a bit and reflect on 2016 and what you are looking to accomplish in 2017.  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah everyone!  

Elevator Radio Show 450 - Week 12/14/16

With the white stuff that fell over much of the Midwest this past weekend and the cold temperatures that have pushed in from the arctic I can honestly say that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and with only a week and a half to go it’s much closer than I realized. While there are more escalator than elevator links on the show today one is very cool and just might save a life some day. I lead with that one this morning. I almost forgot, if you're looking for some last minute shopping items check out the ERS Online store. Remember that anything you purchase is marked up $5 and goes back to the EESF. I make no dinero off the products sold there and albeit expensive if you want some goodies and support the EESF at the same time consider buying a shirt or coffee mug. 

 

Elevator Radio Show 449 - Week 12/07/16

Back after a week off and it’s good to be here today. Tonight when I’m attending the Chicago Elevator Association holiday party I might feel a little different. I’m certain I’m going to be out the moment my head hits the pillow.  Good show today, the big news being the very first link with the sale of Canton Elevator and is the first link of the show. Thanks for tuning in today everyone.

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

 

No Show Today - Elevator Radio Show - Week 11/30/16

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and got the chance to spend quality time with family and friends.  I had a great time but it was a busy action packed trip which included two days of 2 AM wake up calls each for a seven hour car ride.  I’m honestly pretty tired after the four days and need another weekend to recuperate.  This morning I slept right through my alarm waking up two hours past my regular Wednesday alarm on my own realizing I was late.  Not a great feeling I guess my body needed it.  I scanned the news online and while there are a few stories worthy of sharing I don’t have enough time to get the show together for today’s show. I’ll be back next week with a new show and the infamous prize pack giveaway. Be safe out there!  

Elevator Radio Show 448 - Week 11/23/16

 

I’d like to wish everyone out there in Elevator Radio Show land a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  This by far is my favorite holiday for a variety of reasons. The most important is spending time with family.  With fewer articles on the show today I get to reflect on 11 years and what’s changed since starting the show.  To listen to that first one click here. For those of you traveling be safe, try not to get stressed out.

Elevator Radio Show 447 - Week 11/16/16

Back with a new show today and I have to say this is the first time in a long time I seem to have grown tired of searching for news worth articles online which seem to relate to accidents, lawsuits and the occasional stupid blog post about some elevator related thing that the person writing it has no idea what they are talking about. Maybe I’ve come to the point where it’s time to move on to something that brings more value.  I can tell you one thing that’s for sure, I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving next week and spending time with family. Maybe that’s the break I’m in need of.  

Elevator Radio Show – No Show 11/9/2016

There simply wasn’t enough elevator related content to cover on today’s show with the election taking center stage. I should have checked it last night as I could have slept in a little longer.  The American people have spoken and I believe that the divide we saw during the election among Americans is going to grow which I wish wasn’t the case.  More importantly I want to thank all of the Veterans out there. Friday is the day we thank you for your service as well as remember those who are no longer with us. 

I’ll be back next week with and I’m certain news about elevators and escalators is talked about once again. At least we don’t have to listen or watch any more political ads. 

Elevator Radio Show 446 - Week 11/02/16

On the show today a construction worker falls seven stories down an elevator shaft and is in critical condition. In addition there are some articles on seniors being stuck in their units because of elevator outages as well as some scary accidents in other countries.  In non industry related news one more night and the city of Chicago will either celebrate or reflect on the season that they came so close to winning the World Series.  Either way it’s been a great season and the city of Chicago and it’s fans thank you for it.  No matter if you win or lose you’ve given the city some hope for our struggling sports teams and we will be eternally grateful.

Elevator Radio Show 445 - Week 10/26/16

What are you going to be for Halloween?

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Nice and short show today everyone.  I’ll talk about some industry stuff, the Cubs making the World Series and also what I did this past weekend. It’s Halloween on Monday so be careful out there when driving. Kids in costumes will be everywhere and it most likely will be dark!  It’s also our prize pack giveaway so stay tuned until the end to see if you’ve won.

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

Elevator Radio Show 444 - Week 10/19/16

Take a week off and it seems all hell breaks loose on the elevator news front. The accident in NY is unimaginable, something in a million years I would never imagine happening in the United States. I’m sure you’ll agree as well. The next article is just as bad so brace yourself if you decide to watch the video.  I want to thank all of you for your speedy recovery wishes from my surgery last week. I’m doing well, back to work, doing what I love but am just tired. I’m pretty much done by the time 3 pm rolls around each day.  Your thoughts, prayers, emails were over the top so thank you. I’m sorry if I didn’t respond to your emails but there were so many of them.  Finally please keep Glenn and Sharon Duncan in your thoughts and prayers as Glenn is donating his kidney to her. The procedure is set for Monday October 24th. To see what they will be going through click on the video link.

No Show This Week 10/12/16

There's no show this week. On Tuesday I had surgery to remove the hardware that's been keeping my collarbone fragments in place the last three years so they could grow back together. The hardware has been bugging me for a long time and I finally made the decision to have it taken out. 

Some of you might remember three years ago when I crashed on my bike and broke my collarbone into three different pieces.  Three days later I was in surgery having a few screws and a plate installed to the floating pieces.  So you might ask me what have I learned from the entire ordeal? 

1.  No matter how much you feel like a kid again when riding your bicycle never try to do the stuff you did as a kid like bunny hopping over obstacles. Or most importantly, make sure you know what's on the other side of the obstacle you are going to jump over before doing so. 

2. Ask the doctors questions. I felt so good after my surgery I did some pretty stupid things which resulted in two screws pulling out of my bones. Yes I'm an idiot. 

3. Broken bones take sooo long to heal. Nothing will help them grow faster other than time. 

I hope what I learned above can benefit you as well. Now what should I do with the the metal pieces that were removed from my shoulder?  I'll have to think about this. If you've got a suggestion please send it to me. 

 

Elevator Radio Show 443 - Week 10/5/16

I had a great time attending and presenting at the NAESA Central Regional workshop last Friday in Iowa. I’ve got to say that the talent that attends these sessions is pretty amazing and it humbles me each time I have these types of opportunities to present.   What also was cool was how far people traveled to get their QEI credits.  Thanks for the opportunity NAESA for allowing me share some of my knowledge with the group. Next week is the Wisconsin Elevator Symposium which I’m also looking forward to attending.  For those of you in Florida as well as the Bahamas or anywhere else Hurricane Matthew is headed we’re thinking about you. Looks like the path it’s going to be taking is going to do some serious damage. Be careful out there.