Elevator Radio Show – Audio/Video #406 - Week 09/02/15


It's good to be back after a few weeks, I missed you guys and gals. I also appreciate all the emails I received of support from so many of you letting me know much you enjoy the show each week and that you've missed it. I heard from not only those of you in the US but in the UK, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Now that to me is pretty cool to know that the show reaches such a large audience worldwide. I'll talk a little more about what I've been up to which I hope will help set many of your minds at ease. We've got a $100 Visa Gift Card we're giving away today and have a ton of content to get through so grab a cup of joe or beverage of your choice and enjoy.

Special thanks to the companies who have donated goodies to the prize pack giveaway!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,,,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, The Elevator Preservation Blog, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists,,, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #402 - Week 06/17/15

I'm ramping up for next week’s Elevator U Conference in Columbus, OH and looking forward to seeing many of you next week on the next stop of the conference schedule. Between the construction accidents and some children being hurt while playing on escalators it wasn’t a good week for news articles.  The EESF has just a short time to raise some much needed funds for the Safety Rider redevelopment program. We’re just shy of $46,000 of funds needing to be raised and we need to do so by the end of the month so we don’t get delayed with the first week of September’s launch time frame. Please consider donating today or helping the foundation. News/Article Links: Toddler loses hand in another escalator accidentFormer UMass Lowell Student charged with elevator arsonTrump rides escalator for 2016 campaign announcementWorkers remember man killed in elevator accident1 Killed, 1 severely Injured after elevator fallsPre-schooler hospitalized after getting foot stuck in escalatorWatch your wallet the next time you ride an elevatorNeed the elevator fixed? Don’t call the Fire DepartmentCurious George in the Big CityVan Ness west entrance closing for three yearsConstruction worker who fell 24 stories riding unsafe liftConstruction worker killed in elevator shaft at Baylor CampusNew Street station escalator faults top 800 in two yearsFinal WTC designed unveiledBoy hurt in escalator accident condition improvesCar elevators back in the newsEklunds announces new StreamLine Cab Design StudioEESF Needs Your Help!

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #390 - Week 02/11/15

ersbst It’s hard to believe that the show is approaching show number 400. In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday when we started this ride and in others it feels a lot longer. Perhaps it’s the lack of sleep that I’ve been getting every Wednesday.  The lead story for this week’s program is the verdict in which an elevator mechanic was found guilty of felony assault in a woman’s injuries. I believe it’s the second time that I’m aware of that a mechanic has been charged with this. And Boston, hang in there, the snow will melt by June! News/Article Links: Elevator mechanic found guilt in Brooklyn woman’s injuries Timeout Jumper might have helped prevent this News channel 3 continues investigating elevator inspectors Cities, states should install/implement pQEI EW Unplugged: What would you do Another problem for the Bay Bridge Span Pizza delivery man caught peeing in elevator Building Demo leaves elevator shaft standing Hospital robot is saving lives Railway station to get escalator in India Elevator project gets underway Hydraulic elevator heat related leveling issue China builds escalators for wealthy people MESA February meeting canceled due to snow Get your MESA Membership dues in Clybourn Red Line stop escalator Elevator water damaged board Otis Elevator bets big on India This week’s Archer has broken elevator leading to bonding Schindler ready for lift off

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #383 - Week 12/17/14

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The Elevator Escalator Safety foundation rebranding committee met yesterday in Chicago yesterday and I have to say it was nice to meet and see everyone who attended.  The good news is that we’re moving towards a different direction with the program the bad news is that the plan to do so is still being formulated. This is an exciting time for the foundation and one that is a long time coming. I’ll have more to share on this process as our committee moves through it and look forward to doing so. One accident on today’s show just goes to prove that the EESF is still needed in preventing accidents from happening.

News/Article Links: Man in custody after woman groped on escalator Elevators set to take new direction Elevator and Escalator market in China 2015-2019 FDNY continues working on scene after falling down shaft Alert shopper hits E-Stop button on escalator Boy flown to CHOP after escalator mall accident A17 Elevator Codes Week: January 12-16 Elevator Adjuster celebrating 600th video Two injured in elevator accident Doug: Holiday Happenings Dumbwaiter involved in fatality ordered to be removed Maybe too late for this year From one of my favorite holiday movies

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

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 #367 - Week 05/21/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-05-21 #367 ersmemday14Not sure if it’s allergies or just the stresses of life that are giving me a hard time these past few weeks. All I know is that the saying “Life is Good” should be changed to “Life is Hard”. With a three day weekend coming up for us here in the good ole US of A it’s important we take a moment to remember those who have served our country for our freedom. If you have a family member that died while serving in the military please share those stories with your family, it never gets old! New/Article Links: Escalator at 24th St. BART out until end of June Woman falls down elevator shaft at Boston’s Fenway Park Elevator door looked at in accident Thank goodness for the Idiot Team Elevator Safety in MA – Missing the Point? Investigation on above Antique Shepard Home Lift Elevator Video SNL mocks elevator fight Elevator ghost strikes in Illinois KONE consolidating operations in Allen Modern etiquette CECA Recap by Doug Elevator in newly opened Monument stops 10 Best skyscrapers around the world Mega buildings on the horizon Elevator phone emergency failure Handrail Malfunction

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #366 - Week 05/14/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-05-14 #366 ersubFor those of you attending the CECA Conference in Quebec, have a great time! Wish I could be there but there’s just too much going on to have been able to get away. I hope you all learn a lot, enjoy the vendor show and leave with more French in you than you came with.  As a reminder, the email newsletter is going out however it is being pushed through our website. To subscribe, please visit and enter your email address in the box, upper right side, then click on the subscribe button and you'll be all set.  For those of you who are visual learners like myself, click on the photo to the right. New/Article Links: Elevator shuts down 24 hours within being turned over Sad, Elevator video shows confrontation Crammed lifts are Passe Stone India Ltd, enters lift market Swallowed by a mechanical monster? I think not Boy trapped by escalator Elevator World announces acquisition EW Unplugged Photo of the week Well at least it’s a comedy 157 Killed in mine accident 10 year old helped from stalled elevator Watching an elevator slip traction Adjusting a relay Viral Video People leave our equipment alone

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #364 - Week 04/23/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-04-23 #364  ersiaecThis week kicks of the IAEC meeting in Denver. All I can say is I wish I could be there with you all. Have a great conference. Two articles on the show today pretty much sum it all up.  One of which involves a little boy getting his hand caught in an escalator and this is the very first time I’ve ever seen escalators and the fact that it did what it was supposed to do and stop mentioned. This is huge as in the past these accidents have been reported in a vague way that seldom leads to any type of information on how to prevent it. Please share these with friends, family and coworkers, especially those who have kids or grand-kids. Remember the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation and their mission.


New/Article Links: 6-year old boy gets hand trapped in escalator Safety officials say escalator safety is key for parents More on accident above 2 workers hurt in Lancaster County elevator accident Unboxing by DieselDucy Elevator Motor Commutator World’s Fastest elevator unveiled Nearly four years later elevators finished New NYPD fire response protocol bans elevator use Issues disrupt use of campus elevators often Blue asterisk on elevator door? CEA Meeting Next Thursday

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #363 - Week 04/16/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #361 - Week 03/19/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-03-19 #361  ers-caemLast week it was snowing, this week it’s raining…..I think we’re moving in the right direction though as most of the snow in the Chicagoland area is almost gone. I can actually see grass again. Next week there will be no show, Spring Break for the family and while they are headed down to spend time with grandpa and grandma; I’ll be joining them early next week for a short vacation. If you’re headed somewhere for spring break have safe travels.  The show will return the week after, the first week of April.

  New/Article Links: Hill climber death prompts new legislation Letter to the Editor EW Photo Contest Deadline April 30th Elevator U Conference Registration Open EW Unplugged: Funny sign History of escalators Escalator starts fire in Moscow Chicago Cruise Registration Open What is a rope gripper video Hotel Roanoke ElevaTOUR Elevator mod ripout part 8 Husband calls for answers Bicycle/People Elevator in Spain Changes for Emerson include elevator Elevator Music Really good elevator music Snowball soaked with mace prevents elevator usage Elevator in Russia falls in hospital Downed escalator hurts businesses Gary Crosby: Local 19 Memoriam

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #360 - Week 03/12/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-03-12 #360Iowa-Winter-elevator

I woke up to what appeared to be a winter blizzard and was shocked driving in at how heavy the snow is. I guess the last two days of above freezing temps were enough to warm the ground up, making the snow that fell, wet and slushy. After the show I get to go shovel a bit of it which I hope is the last of this season. Have you ever seen an elevator like the one in this post? The person who sent it to me simply stated, “Only In Iowa”. I can’t imagine the condition of the rest of the elevator when the inside looks like this.



New/Article Links: Elevator U Call for Papers Register for the IAEC NAEC Offers Expo Discount Pitt approves $58M in rennovations Helipad can save 5-10 minutes in emergencies Tube’s only wooden escalator to carry last passengers Engineer, 73, jailed for lift-plunge horror Phila. Project elevators idea of ‘Elevator Music’ 12 elevators you need to see to believe CEA March Meeting Recap What solid state elevator buttons look like Signs of elevator rope wear Game of Thorne’s virtual elevator experience Elevator Safety Flaws Persist Despite History of Accidents 10 killed in construction-site collapse Man falls down elevator shaft in Olyphant Maxton Manufacturing holds CET Training Classes

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #358 - Week 02/26/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-02-26 #358 ers-pJust checking out the news this morning there’s a lot to cover. It’s good to be back behind the microphone again. Had a great time in icy Atlanta for the EESF AGM two weeks ago and it was nice to see those that made it in. I know for most of us getting home was the big concern. I’ll recap the meeting provide some highlights of it and cover two weeks’ worth of news which may not be current but it’s still news. As always, thanks for joining me today!   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: CEA Meeting March 6th IAEC Forum Registration site open NAEC Educational website opens ERRC – EESF AGM Recap The worst performing Metro escalators Space elevators are totally possible Safe and Efficient Cosmic Travel Elevator repairman’s body found in elevator shaft Investigation continues Accident at hospital construction site kills 11 Bangkok More on above Camera’s catch fraudulent claims Original bear mural hidden in elevator shaft Escalator step plates stolen in India MARTA reveals neat facts about elevators and escalators Worker killed in elevator shaft fall in cement plant Elevator mod rip out part 2 4 Year Old Boy’s head gets stuck in escalator Toddler and escalator accident LES Subway station escalator stops working hours after debut Murray Morgan bridge elevator still inoperative URGENT NOTIFICATION: Residential Elevators Elevator companies help grant teens wish Boy dies in accident on mall escalator Old Otis factory building to be used London’s Escalator Safety Cool article on Sedgwick Machine works Second Jury doubles original $4M award

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #357 - Week 02/05/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-02-05 #357 ers-snwdayHeck of a winter we’re having isn’t it? Between extreme cold weather and snow that comes every week I’m looking forward to attending the EESF Annual General Meeting next week in Atlanta, GA. I sure hope they don’t get any snow. After taking two weeks off I’m happy to be back.  Now let’s get the show on the road. News Article Links: CECA Convention Registration Site Open CEA Meeting Tomorrow Feb. 6th Camp Hill vets still awaiting elevator EIGSC Presidents Message – January 2014 Woman injured twice on same elevator? Woman strangled in escalator by scarf Escalators in the modern era Apartment building where 2 year old died had previous issues Seniors angry with broken elevator Anxin-China to Buy Elevator Safety Company Elevator insurance program launched in E. China NEII® Insider – What is government affairs Elevators stir up safety concerns Do’s and don’ts of tear outs What are your thoughts on urine detection devices Non Electric elevator video Ground hoist motor video Don’t try this at home folks Dormant escalator to come to life Boy loses 4 fingers in freak escalator mishap Woman who released alligator under escalator on crack One day an elevator might talk to you? Microsoft tests AI to figure out what floor you’re going to Old foot bridge accident waiting to happen Burglary suspect arrested after being stuck in elevator Downtown office building’s elevator work to cost $800,000 Man tumbles down escalator at at Pentagon City Mall Oxford Circus the worst offender for lengthy repair work Group calls for Bronx subway elevator to be restored after 30 years Porsche Tower with Car Elevators Planned In Miami How Otis tests the life of an elevator Escalators in the x-games? Historic Otis Elevator Video

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #356 - Week 01/15/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #355 - Week 01/08/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-01-08 #355 ers-chi-pv-14Happy New Year every one!  I started to go through all the old shows for 2013 and after I got to March I realized that it was going to be tough to put a 2013 year in review show together based on all the articles I selected so instead I've got a show with current articles. This polar vortex is for the birds but if you think about we've been lucky for so long and heck it’s January for goodness sake so my not make the best of it. I bought a couple of sets of snow shoes and am going to head out this weekend to give them a try with my wife. So when life throws you a lemon, make lemonade out of it. I’ll report how it went next week how our snowy adventure went. New/Article Links: Polar Vortex Family of man killed in elevator sues resort New elevator to serve as exit for nightclub Technician jailed for taking upskirt video of woman on escalator Rare surgery salvages girls foot Ramp-elevator – interesting article Lou Bialy Retires from Otis US Elevator Video Patient crushed in elevator Patient died of heart failure, not from being crushed by elevator Don’t drink and ride escalators Don’t drink and drive or ride for that matter Contractors note growing interest in chair lifts, elevators Elevator for new annex may be too costly Urine Detectors installed in train station elevators Volunteers help after elevator breaks Elevator operator takes work to another level Escalator closed after accident A trick to get people to use escalators properly Symptoms of elevator rope shortening LOL! Claustrobphobia NYPD escalator tougher to maintain than crime lows 2013 Report on International Elevator Automation Halls Commons Equal housing complex without elevator Misconceptions regarding elevator traffic simulation Elevator Urine Detection Device

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #354 - Week 12/18/13

Click Here to download ERS-2013-12-18 #354 ers-snwmn Well it wouldn't be winter without cold and snow right? So enjoy since I know that much of the Midwest and Eastern States are now covered in a blanket of it. Look on the bright side, the winter solstice is this Saturday which means ever so slowly will we start to regain the warm effects of getting a little extra light and sun each and every day. Sorry to those of you in the Southern Hemisphere but your days are getting shorter. Shorter show today with at least three articles that will help you wake up when you read them. One of which includes accidents with residential elevators and the accident that happened in St. Louis that I have some interesting comments on. There will be no show next week so have a Merry Christmas but I will be back on the last day of 2013, to record one. I'll see if  I can get a year in review show together in the week and a half that I've got to do so.

New/Article Links: Investigation Proves Owners Knew elevator was Unsafe Widow in elevator accident can’t sue Cool Elevator Videos from Germany USA Today You’re Not Helping! Albany Library taking donations again Belmont Fire Log: Sprinklers go off, elevator shuts down Library elevator to shut down, town hall lift to open up Top online videos….rat on escalator one of them? Vintage Dover Elevator Video Metro Australia collection of escalator videos Elevator paradox proves your elevator goes the wrong way Escalade Unveils “Intelligent” elevator panel Escalator warning for festival rail travelers EIGSC’s Monthly Message EW Unplugged: Upscale Gin Maker cloaks elevators Man, child hurt in elevator accident PATCO to pay SEPTA again to fix escalators Isolating a failing elevator controller component State finds “serious violations” after Levi’s Stadium Death Man fined 1.3 m yen for urinating in elevator Runoff for top offices at Elevator Constructors 23 Elevator Swing Doors, Home Elevators & Accidents If you like elevators and dancing, you'll like this video

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #352 - Week 12/04/13

Click Here to download ERS-2013-12-04 #352 ers-8It's hard to believe we're already in December and we're celebrating our 8th year of producing the show.  Once again it seems like it was just six months ago when I started getting up early to do the show and am truly thrilled to have formed some great friendships. I can’t say it enough, thank you for tuning in and for contributing, without you I'd be talking to no one. So as we celebrate today, keep up the good work at making our industry a safer one. It’s up to each one us to make sure this happens. Don't rely on someone else. Spread the word about safety and practice it every day. Thanks again for eight fun years.

New/Article Links: Snags hold up elevator project John Hall Wheeler Passes Away Man accused of trying to throw man down escalator Why broken escalators throw off our balance Elevator, escalator inspection regs to take effect New escalator design EW: Unplugged the Intelevator Home elevators win favor with aging population A brief history of the first escalator in Toronto How Elevator controller microprocessors work II Spokane spurns updated state elevator inspection rules Old Rotary Piston Pump Elevator Video Woman in elevator does something…. NAEC Convenes in Tampa Guy throws last $1000 off mall escalator Man who said he slipped in elevator in court Police seek 3 in lower east side robbery ECNY Annual Supplier Showcase date set Power outage leaves some stalled in elevator Accident waiting to happen? Escalator Kayaking – WTF? Elevator history spans more than century Pathetic, just pathetic

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #351 - Week 11/27/2013

Click Here to download ERS-2013-11-27 #351 (Audio Version) ers-turkdayHappy Thanksgiving everyone! I am especially thankful for all of you who watch, listen and support the show. Let’s face it, without you I’d be talking to myself. But in all seriousness you've all been so genuine in your support for the show. From correcting me on my pronunciations, to setting me straight when my comments may not have hit the major talking points. This little thing has turned into something much larger and with a worldwide reach than I ever imagined it would become. What captivates me even more is when you reach out, comment and share your own thoughts either in email or in person.  So this year in addition to being thankful for family, friends and work I'm truly thankful for all of you who fall into both the friends and family category. I have met so many cool and caring people and I'm proud to call the elevator industry my "other" family.  Here's hoping your Turkey Day is as stress free as it can be and for those of you traveling be safe.

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

New/Article Links: Child rushed to hospital after getting stuck in elevator Man who stated he had accident accused of fraud Sweden: Man crushed working on elevator on ferry Two people rescued from stalled elevator Turkey’s 100 year old elevator KONE Escalator honored with award Freak lift mishap kills 10 year old in Mumbai Solution to elevator issues in the works Humorous, enticing poet attracts overflowing crowd elevaTOUR UT Austin Building 24 hours at the world’s busiest airport With aging population elevators more popular in new homes Girl released from hospital months after accident Five year old boy injured in fall from escalator Ask a landlord: Broken Elevator Man in hospital after escalator fall Man hurt after escalator accident at Georgia Dome EW Unplugged: Bad behavior in office elevator Overloaded detention center elevator stalls 17 Accident nearly severs mechanic’s hand PATCO Escalator down to long officials say An End to Elevator and Subway commutes Inspector of escalator involved in accident ordered to stop work Sesame Street Elevator Segment How elevator controllers work