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EESF Launches Re-branding Campaign for Safe-T Rider Program

11-4-14-1A significant gift of $10,000 has been made by Ricia Hendrick in memory of her father, William C. Sturgeon, to support the re-branding campaign for the Safe-T Rider program. Listen to the interview with Nikole Layton and Tom Sybert. Last month, EESF announced that the cornerstone education program, Safe-T Rider, that teaches children to ride elevators, escalators and moving walks safely, would be re-branded and debuted in Fall 2015. The project will include the design of a new character or characters, enhancement of the print and Internet-accessible materials and the addition of educational apps. This is a very exciting change for the Foundation, and we are looking forward to seeing how the new program will develop!

The total cost of the new program design will be $150,000. Years ago, a fund was established for the Foundation by Mr. Sturgeon, a leading pioneer in our industry, specifically for the development of new programs and the modernization of existing ones. The only stipulation is that matching funds must be raised for any amount released. For this campaign, $75,000 has been released from the fund and EESF is working to raise the additional $75,000 to begin our project.

We need your help to make this happen. Every dollar gets us closer to the $75,000 goal! To make a donation or for more information contact Nikole Gore-Layton, or 251-479-2199. DONATE NOW

THANK YOU TO OUR CAMPAIGN DONORS Ricia Hendrick, in memory of William C. Sturgeon C.J. Anderson & Company Elevator Association of Florida Will Layton, in honor of all the kids educated by the EESF

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #377 - Week 10/29/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #377 - Week 10/29/14 erspmkThe only thing I wish about today’s show is that there were no accidents in any of the articles.  I would love it if we could get to a week where all is balanced in the inter-web space when it comes to elevators, escalators and moving walkways. It would look similar to this one, except for the elevator fall that happened at Beaver Stadium and the important message regarding riding escalators correctly.  A guy can dream can’t he?

ersemailIt’s the end of the month and you know what that means. Your opportunity to win a $100 Visa cash gift card and some neat swag from the following companies, thank you to everyone who has donated goodies and remember to get signed up for the e-newsletter upper right hand corner so that when a new show is uploaded you’re sent a notification the moment I click publish.

Special thanks to the companies who have donated goodies to the prize pack giveaway! C.J. Anderson & 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, The Elevator Preservation Blog, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists,,, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing News/Article Links: Elevator worker injured in fall Walkway over the Hudson prepared for emergency China: Men chisel their way out of stuck elevator EW Hosts the NEII® safety committee Compensating families for workplace accidents Doug at Euro Lift Wisconsin woman gives birth in Hospital Elevator CEA Meeting tomorrow night Andrew featured in Autism Support network ElevatorAdjuster has many new videos posted Warning: Never slide down a escalator handrail, you may die KONE Spares Halloween Video

Elevator Radio Show – Video/Audio Show #376 – Week 10/22/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #375 - Week 10/08/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #375 - Week 10/08/14 Yippee the internet is working again. I’m telling you, what would we do without it? Read the paper? Talk to one another in person? Make a phone call? I honestly think all of those are good things. I kept some articles from last week’s show notes just to comment on them. So if you’re seeing them again it’s for a reason and you’re not going crazy. It was nice to see everyone at the Chicago Elevator Association meeting last week, especially some friends from out of town who were in the area attending the ASME Elevator Code meetings. Special thanks go out to John Rearick, James Herrity as well as his wife Colleen who I had the pleasure of having dinner with as well as the all of those who sit on code committees to help make our industry safer. Your work does not go unnoticed.

News/Article Links: Escalator Accident Article – Worth Reading More on above Unexpected risks of escalators EW Unplugged: 10 Unique Escalators ERRC Poker Run a Success for the EESF Secret Service has ‘Elevator Manifest’ for every elevator trip Lawsuit filed over death in Tampa airport elevator shaft Mayoral Proclamation in Chicago for EESF Week ERRC Club Ride in San Antonio Woman falls to death from Scottstrade Center escalator The truth on the escalator death/accident above EU Travels to Network Doug recaps MAEC golf outing CEA Thursday Meeting Recap Talking elevator Watch your step at PBIA: Airport Escalator injury ranking Wife of former U.S. Presidential candidate recently injured on escalator Concern escalators over elevators Delays in Tube after person falls down escalator Cool project at GAL Medics and Patient get delayed in stalled elevator Haunted Elevator only $10,500.00

Elevator Radio Show - Notes Only - Week 10/01/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #374 - Week 09/24/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-09-24 #374 CaptureThe first article of the show today shows the importance for the elevator code and why the enforcement of it is so important. While many feel as if the code is another form of government intervention nothing could be farther from the truth. When those out there build lifting devices by themselves and install them the reality of a tragedy occurring similar to the one in Mississippi is one much closer than many realize.  Also, if you recognize the guy in the photo he’s wanted for sexually assaulting a women in an elevator. Contact details for the NYPD as well as the photo and more details can be found by clicking the following link here. News/Article Links: One dead and two injured after lift accident Historical center to install elevator – I hope they use CJA Japanese company to have working space elevator by 2050 New escalator to be installed in Festival Place KONE Tower still in the elevator business Sault Ste. Marie to restore historic elevator Documentary on space elevator coming LIRR to replace six station escalators less than 2 years after renovations Lawsuit over T escalator death settled Catching up with Doug Business on the rise at Bison No Rats on escalators Beware if your kids wear soft soled shoes on escalators Man sexually assaulted woman in Queens elevator

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #373 - Week 09/17/14

No Show - 8/27/2014

No show today folks. Just too many balls up in the air to get it done. A couple of important reminders as we wrap up the month of August. Next month most of the regional meetings start up again so get to those and do your part to make the industry that puts food on the table a better one.


Only a week and a half away from the NAEC convention. I feel like a pro at going to these and am looking forward to it once again. I'll be back next week before heading to San Antonio so watch your inbox for a new show post email.

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #372 - Week 08/20/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #371 - Week 08/13/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #370 - Week 08/06/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-08-06 #370 ers-chitwn-tjIt was nice to get away with the family to the Northwood’s of Wisconsin, quite possibly one of my favorite places to spend time in the world. However it’s back to reality this week and it took about four days before feeling the stress of work and my immediate surroundings mainly traffic and cars, before I was back to feeling normal again. I have to admit that after talking with Tiffany about how good it felt to realize that it was possible to slow life down it was a feeling I want to remember soon.  So here’s hoping you had the chance to recharge your batteries or have an opportunity to do so really soon.

News/Article Links: NEII® Celebrates 100 Years! Don’t Miss the ERRC Poker Run! Before you step into an elevator think Boys fractures leg after slipping from Metro escalator Japanese escalator riders opt for etiquette over rules EW Unplugged The Grand Budapest Hotel Regulatory framework for escalator safety under review Metra opposed release of report on fake work logs The destructive nature of carbon dust IR Camera for fixing elevators Chicago Elevator Association August Newsletter The truths about elevator deaths Elevator Music Article Elevator had issues for years before fatal plunge GA Proposes action for home elevator safety Construction worker killed in elevator accident I wouldn’t want to ride this elevator Man dies in elevator accident Bronx 18 year old girl killed in elevator accident Life Hack Testing: Elevator Buttons Maxton Minimax control valve cores needed

No Show This Week (7/23) & Next Week (7/30)

erscsglfI'll be traveling both Wednesdays this week and next so no show. I'll be back that first week in August bright eyed and bushy tailed. Have a good week and weekend everyone be safe. Oh and I almost forgot, for those of you coming in or planning on Golfing at the Chicago Elevator Association outing get your RSVP's in today! It's going to be a fun day. Click here for more information.

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #369 - Week 07/16/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-07-16 #369 ersmosNice short show today. I believe there are quite a few media people on vacation which I’m good with. I keep saying the day there’s no shock or bad news regarding vertical transportation equipment is the day I look forward because it means we’re all doing our jobs and people are acting like idiots. Next week I should be up with my family in the Northwoods of Wisconsin enjoying a short vacation with them. I’m not sure what day I’m planning on leaving yet so there may or may not be a show. If news content is down and I leave on Wednesday I’ll most likely pass on it. We’ll see. Remember, summer is cruising along at speed of 600 mph and at an altitude of 30,000 feet so enjoy it before it’s gone.

News/Article Links: Titanium Space Elevator Design out Fatal elevator fall investigated And some people think elevators are unsafe Board to vote on elevator repair Company expands team in old Detroit Elevator building Purdue offers training for grain storage rescues Elevator maintenance standards Toronto That busted BART Escalator. I think I know why it’s down EW Unplugged: Photos of the week US citizen among 4 injured in elevator accident Control Tower Tour NAEC Launches Specifications Tragic accident in Moscow Emergency button broken Childhood friends reunite in elevator Working on new elevator

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #368 - Week 07/09/14

Audio File Show Link -  July 9th, 2014: ERS-2014-07-09 #368 ersoaIt’s hard to believe that it’s already July and it’s been about four weeks since my last show. Today is the catch up program where I clear out all my news that’s in my cache and empty it out like the dirty garbage it is. Well maybe not dirty garbage but perhaps old news. I’ll also provide a brief update on the Chicago Cruise as well as the Elevator U Conference. Next week we’ll be back on track and I’m looking forward to week after week of programming for you. News/Article Links: Elevator U 2015 Conference Dates Set Another good reason why not to visit the hospital Fire suspends elevator service in senior high rise Chicago Elevator Association Golf Outing Details 12 Injured in Escalator collapse in a city I can’t pronounce I’m not sure where to go with this one but it’s sad New rules coming to Hawaii Elevator Riders RC EU Club Ride Report Washington Airport Handles Constant escalator accidents Washington State weights new escalator safety rules following accident New Washington state escalator rules fall short Surprise, poor parts led to Shanghai escalator accident EW Unplugged –Funny Video City settles elevator accident claim homeSAFE website launched to promote residential elevator safety Engineer falls ten meters down an elevator shaft and then crushed Worker dies in elevator accident Child that fell from escalator at Sears dies This is why no baby strollers on escalators What are the 10 longest Metro Escalators?

No Show This Week & Next - 6/18 & 6/25

elevatoruimageThis weeks show is canceled due to the same technical issues as last week that were not fixed. Between getting ready for the Elevator U conference in Lincoln, NE and the demands at work due to a a few people that are on vacation it's been a busier normal week and month. So figure the first week of July, the week of our nations birthday I'll be back. I feel bad not being able to bring you the show but there's only so much I can do. I'm looking forward to seeing many of you next week in Lincoln.

On a serious note there was a serious escalator accident where an 11 year old boy fell from the top of an escalator when he was playing with the handrail.  While the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation does a good job at teaching kids the correct safety rules with its Safe-T-Rider program it's just as important to educate parents who may not be aware of how to ride elevators, escalators and moving walkways correctly.  Never play around escalators.

Escalator Accident Article


Post: June 11th, 2014: ERS-2014-06-11 #367 Show Notes

Post: June 11th, 2014: ERS-2014-06-11 #367 Show Notes (no audio/video show today due to....) erstechThis weeks audio/video portion of the show was produced but due to some technical issues, I'm blaming Microsoft's update last night, did not save correctly. Instead of not having any content today I wanted to at least provide you with the article links, less my commentary. So if you're hunting for the audio or video file it isn't there.  I hope to have it all corrected by next week.

It was great to see everyone that came out to support the Chicago Cruise benefiting the EESF last Wednesday. While the weather was a little chilly the warmth of those who attended was felt the entire night. Great boat, good food and exceptional company made the event a success.

Regarding show links this week the story/article/video that nearly crashed my computer was the one that most of you most likely already saw of the elevator that took off with the doors open in Chile. Amazing how much reposting this one got. As soon as I saw it, before reading the article, I knew it was an elevator located outside the United States and Canada.

pdOn a personal note for those of you with kids finishing up the school year enjoy the following video. Also Happy Fathers day to those of you out there that have little ones. Enjoy it and hopefully you get to do something you enjoy on Sunday with your family.

News/Article Links: An Introduction to Elevator Maintenance Control Programs Another issue with the Washington Monument EESF Welcomes Nikole Layton as Associate Director Officials worried about ‘castastrophic failure’ of Dedham Complex Elevator The importance of the rope ripper Video: Chilean Man injured when elevator takes off What’s a paternoster? Woman injured on escalator 3 Women fall off escalator Congrats on 21 Years Andrew! Worker dies after 5-story fall down elevator shaft Problems persist with privately owned subway station Yes! The EESF has been telling us this for how many years? EW Unplugged: America’s Coolest Hotel Elevators 7-Year-Old falls to death in mall Man dies in freak accident Old Town elevator accident identified Young girl dies after falling 3 floors in shopping mall Thank you for supporting the Chicago Cruise! Halma PLC sells Monitor Elevator Products to Innovation Tallest elevators on earth are being tested in old mineshaft Navigating 1981 Millar CVT A/I Monitor Free tickets to NAEC Conference in San Antonio

Welcome To Chi-Town!

This week has been another hectic one. My oldest son has his end of the year Volleyball stuff going on and finals this week which means family has been priority so no show. Some important items to cover today in my post are noted below. For those of you in for the EESF Chicago Cruise, thanks for supporting our little event. While rain is in the forecast the boat will not get stuck on the river because we're on a new boat this year at Navy Pier. Looking forward to seeing many of you who listen to the show.

Also it's not too late to register for the Elevator U Conference.  For more information with dates and what not click the save your spot image below. This years event will be held at the Cornhusker in Lincoln Nebraska end of June, get signed up by clicking the image below. Next week things should settle down a bit and I foresee being back in the broadcasting chair pending any last minute hiccups.