Concerned about your elevator, escalator, dumbwaiter, moving walkway permits?

Building owners that have elevators, escalators, dumbwaiters or moving walkways installed in them are responsible for ensuring that they are permitted on time and not expired. If you’re concerned about any of your conveyance devices and whether or not they have expired permits or need to be inspected watch the video below or consider contacting contacting NAESA International to locate a 3rd Party Inspector in your area.

Elevator Radio Show 531 – Week 5/15/2019

A child sits while riding an escalator, looses part of a finger and the parents demand the mall pay for medical bills. Visit www.eesf.org to learn more about how to properly ride an escalator. Parents teach your kids this please!

A child sits while riding an escalator, looses part of a finger and the parents demand the mall pay for medical bills. Visit www.eesf.org to learn more about how to properly ride an escalator. Parents teach your kids this please!

This is the first show I’ve done where there were more than one “I-Team” type investigative report on expired elevator certificates. In the years I’ve been creating this podcast, never have any of them truly attempted to address or get to the bottom of the reason why. My question to you I-Team, reporter….look deeper into the numbers.  Find out the budget for the elevator inspection department, the number of inspectors the department has and the number of elevators that require inspections annually.  Go a step further and ask how long an inspection should take on average and plug those numbers into a spreadsheet.  After you’ve done this ask whether or not the funding allocated, the number of inspectors employed and the number of elevators, escalators, moving walkways and dumbwaiters that require inspections annually can be done based on the time and number of inspectors there are to do it. Do the numbers confirm that there’s adequate funding and employed inspectors to complete the number of inspections that are required each year?

One More Week Off - No Show 5/8/19

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I need one more week off to catch up after celebrating my nieces wedding this Saturday. With family in town and my two boys in the last two weeks before their respective sports schedule before the playoff runs start I truly needed to sleep in today, which mean’t a 4:30 am wake up call.

Congratulations to you Kelsey and Kyle! May all that you are….always be in love. May all that is love…..always be in you. May your love be as beautiful on each day as the day you first fell in love. May you always see and encourage the best in each other. May the challenges life bring your way make your marriage even stronger, and may you always be each other’s best friend and greatest love.

No Show - 5/1/2019

It’s another busy week here at home and work which after Saturday should settle down a little bit. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. I wanted to share a few notes as well as calendar of event reminders with you.

  • For those of you attending the IAEC event in Reno, NV this week I hope you’re having a great time and learning a lot. Wish I was there.

  • The CEA 5th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser is May 10th - If you haven’t already registered or supported it please consider doing so today. Time is running out. https://cea-online.org/2019/04/30/cea-5th-annual-scholarship-fundraiser/

  • Elevator U’s registration is open and agenda posted. Visit https://www.elevatoru.org/ for more information.

  • Canadian Elevator Contractors Association is fast approaching. For more information including how to register visit https://ceca-acea.org/ .

  • In need of QEI Educational Credits? NAESA International has the most opportunities to get them. Consider becoming a member today if you aren’t already. Even if you don’t need QEI, the Progress, which is the newsletter produced by NAESAi is just one of the many benefits when becoming a member. I’m a member and proud to be one. https://www.naesai.org/

For now that about does it. Thanks for your understanding regarding the show. Looking forward to being back in the saddle next week. Be safe!

No Show - 4/24/2019

Sorry but there’s no show today due to just being busy with work and family. Not bad problems to have at all but I realized last night after getting home late from watching both of my son’s compete in high school sports and the two early work days I’ve had that I really needed to sleep in this morning. I just wish it were a little longer. Have a safe week everyone and enjoy the green that’s sprouting up from the ground.

Elevator Radio Show 529 - Week 4/17/2019 - Canadian Supreme Court Listens to Escalator Case

No Show Today - 4/10/2019

Hopefully this is the season’s last snow storm until Fall and Winter return.

Hopefully this is the season’s last snow storm until Fall and Winter return.

It’s one of those weeks that there are too many tasks on the list to get done and not enough time in the day complete them all. So I’m using my show time to catch up while it’s nice and quiet.

Not to worry though I’ll be back next week with a new show filled with content. Think Spring and work safe!

Elevator Radio Show 528 - Week 4/3/2019

This is one of those shows where one unexpected article link, had me thinking about recalls and elevators and escalators as they related to the CPSC.  After reading and sharing one listed below, I got to thinking about the question of whether there were other recalls out there as they related that I hadn’t seen and decided to do some quick digging.  What I found was a little concerning.  I need to fully disclose my day job involves many things but manufacturing and selling door interlocks and mechanical door switches for freight/passenger elevators.  We are not, however a player in the residential elevator market. Also, I’m not an expert when it comes to residential elevators nor anything for that matter so take what I say with a grain of salt.  With all of this out of the way I ask one simple question on the show today which is a good one.

Elevator Radio Show 527 – Week 3/27/2019

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I was hoping it would be a show without covering any accidents, but this week is not the week to be.  In addition, you can ask your coworkers if they know what a “RIOT” button does in an elevator.  In Sacrament someone thought it would be a good idea to add them to some of their governmental elevators.  It’s also our Prize Pack Giveaway show which is my favorite of the month.  Special thanks to Colley Elevator and Codedataplate.com for providing $25 gift cards for it.  Work safe out there.  

Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To the Following Prize Pack Giveaway Donors!

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, Codedataplate.com,  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, Elevator Riders Riding Club, Peelle, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

Show Notes:

Construction worker injured after falling down elevator shaft

Family wants change at airport

Old woman nears death in lift accident – China

Death of hotel worker in 2016 leads to $200k in fines

Transit crews work to improve elevator/escalator service MTA

The harsh reality when elevators are broken

Will Big Bang Theory finally fix its longest running problem?  

RIOT Buttons installed in elevator?

Judy Marks Leads Otis Elevator on a Tech-Fueled Quest for Growth

Evil of all evil – How is bail set for someone like this?


Elevator Radio Show 526 – Week 3/20/2019

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We’ve got a good show for you today. There are at least three articles that should be the talk around the office cooler, weekly safety toolbox talks or any other opportunity you have to chat with your coworkers about. In the end each all come down to safety.  And on a non-elevator related note it’s the first day of Spring today for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. Let’s hope Mother Nature is done sending snow and cold our way.

Elevator Radio Show 525 – Week 3/13/2019

I was truly moved at the number of you who emailed me the news regarding the fatality in ND.  While an investigation it still pending initial reports indicate he was electrocuted while servicing an escalator.  Every time I read one of these articles my heart sinks and I feel like my words fall on deaf ears.  Your emails, sharing the news of this tragedy, helped me realize that safety is a priority to so many of you which I find a small amount of comfort in. Keep the Bosch, his family, especially his wife and two daughters in your thoughts and prayers.

Elevator Radio Show 524 – Week 3/6/2019

This is one of those WTF photos. What' you’re looking at is a ladder for a drywall installer and it spanning the opening of an elevator shaft. The barricade is also ridiculous.

This is one of those WTF photos. What' you’re looking at is a ladder for a drywall installer and it spanning the opening of an elevator shaft. The barricade is also ridiculous.

There’s a wide variety of article links shared on today’s show. The first one pounds home the concern for safety in the job site as it relates not to construction or maintenance of buildings but in other services like demolition and wrecking.  It’s a terrible accident and reminder of just how fragile life is and how it can change in an instant.  

Elevator Radio Show 523 – Week 2/27/2019

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It’s one of those shows where there aren’t a lot of stories to cover but the ones I do and the thoughts I share should be ones everyone contemplates both in your office and out in the field.  We’re talking about liability, safety and at what point is it okay to fire a customer or lockout/tag out an elevator when you deem it to be unsafe or when elevator/building owners choose to ignore recommendations for upgrades/improvements and simply just want to spend as little money as possible on getting them back running again. 

Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To the Following Prize Pack Giveaway Donors!

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, Codedataplate.com,  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, Elevator Riders Riding Club, Peelle, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

Elevator Radio Show 522 – Week 2/20/2019

Visit  www.safetyriders.org  or  www.eesf.org  to learn more about elevator and escalator safety.

Visit www.safetyriders.org or www.eesf.org to learn more about elevator and escalator safety.

Thank you to everyone who shared the .pdf report last week. I received many emails, texts and phone calls regarding the show and while I do not think I did it justice I truly hope some of the information I shared sinks in with any one and every one who reads it. Most importantly share it with your coworkers, talk about the statistics, how can some of those accidents or fatalities be reduced? Each of us has a part in the work we do and ensuring those around us are safe and it doesn’t take much for it all to go south. Continue to talk about the report and never let it die. Lastly, no matter what you ever think you’re not alone when it comes to promoting safety but it sure feels good when you find someone else who shares the same concerns you do.

Elevator Radio Show 521 - Week 2/13/2019

CPWR is dedicated to reducing occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry. Through our research, training, and service programs, we serve the industry in cooperation with key federal and construction industry partners nationwide. Visit  www.cpwr.com  for more information

CPWR is dedicated to reducing occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities in the construction industry. Through our research, training, and service programs, we serve the industry in cooperation with key federal and construction industry partners nationwide. Visit www.cpwr.com for more information

On today’s show we focus on one thing and one thing only, a report released by CPWR | The Center for Construction Research and Training focusing solely on Death and Injuries involving elevators or escalators in construction and the general population.  How dangerous is it working on or around this type of equipment? You may have had an idea before, but the numbers will confirm what many of us already knew, it’s dangerous. The statistical data in the report share some pretty concerning numbers. Sadly, the answers to why some are as high as they are is not clear. One thing is for certain, we each need to do our part make sure we’re safe as well as those around us.

Please share this report/link with as many coworkers as you can. This is the first report I’ve ever seen on accident statistics ever published for the general public. Thanks for preparing it CPWR.

Show Notes:

Deaths and Injuries Involving Elevators or Escalators in Construction and the General Population Report – 2013-2016

Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation

Elevator Radio Show 520 – Week 2/6/2019

2019 SB Commercials had more elevators featured in them than ever before.

2019 SB Commercials had more elevators featured in them than ever before.

Today’s show includes two-construction worker fatalities, one in FL the other in UT. In addition, an interesting piece covers elevators in the New York Housing Authority.  These locations are some of the toughest for building systems anywhere. Almost on the same level as transit systems.  The headline photo itself pretty much paints the picture of the issues shared in the article.  Work safe out there everyone.

Elevator Radio Show 519 - Week 1/30/2019

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I figured picking the coldest day of the year to bring the show back which to me is perfect timing.  While it’s -18 degrees here in Chicago it’s cold enough to have closed schools and some businesses today and tomorrow. Regardless it’s nice to be back and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the calls, emails and texts I received asking if I was okay. I’ll do my best to share an explanation for my absence on the show today.  It’s good to be back, I missed my elevator family.

Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To the Following Prize Pack Giveaway Donors!

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, Codedataplate.com,  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, Elevator Riders Riding Club, Peelle, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

EESF Hires New Executive Director

The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) Board of Directors is pleased to announce it has hired Shelly Johnson as the new Executive Director of EESF.

 Shelly has led non-profit organizations for over 25 years including serving as executive director of the Massage Therapy Foundation, the Neuroscience Nursing Foundation, the American Massage Therapy Association, the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses and the American Society for Healthcare Materials Management of the American Hospital Association. She has served in other leadership positions with the American Society for Quality and ACA International.

In her previous positions, Shelly has grown her organizations to greater size and impact. At the heart of her work has been ensuring that each organization strategically and effectively carries out its mission and that contributors and other stakeholders experience high value from the organization.

"I am honored to be chosen as EESF’s new executive director,” says Shelly. “The work of EESF is so important and I’m looking forward to partnering with the Board and our program director to carry out EESF’s mission. It’s an exciting time for EESF and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Shelly started in her role on January 7, 2019. She can be reached at shelly@eesf.org or by phone at (218) 547-3609.

 

Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation

Safety Programs for the Riding Public

www.eesf.org

No Show Today 11/28/2018

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My apologies for not produce a show or post the last two weeks.  To be honest it’s just been the perfect storm with being busy at work and with large unexpected projects that have taken much more of my time than I had to spare.   Right now the time I had to produce the show is being spent playing catch up at work.  On a personal note, everything is good and there’s nothing to worry about, I just need to put family and work…..and some sleep ahead of this program.  I appreciate all the emails, texts and phone calls regarding the show vanishing and assure you I’ll have the show back as soon as I’m able to produce it. Thank you for your patience.