Post: June 10, 2009: ERS-2009-06-10 #162 Show Notes

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Ever have a week where you had a million things to do and knew that there just weren’t enough hours in the day? This always happens when I’m covering for people at work. When my coworkers are on vacation I truly realize just how valuable they are. Well this week I was trying to bring you an interview but technical difficulties brought that to a halt, so a regular new packed show today. Next week is the Elevator U Conference in Quincy, IL and it's going to be great! I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at that event. Because it will be very busy next week in Quincy there most likely won’t be a show. If something should change from that plan you’ll be the first to know. As always, thanks for tuning in today!

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News Links: Have you ever been hit with a ridiculous fine?? Raleigh SWA staff working to get building elevator   RFP: design open federal regulations John J. Nolan passes away Elderly targeted by pickpockets in down county Proposal for the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Competition – Much Better Pictures Odd sensation induced by moving-phantom News organizations meet behind closed doors Elevator Rescue Schindler Chief Visits ’06 death site Man found stabbed in elevator The standard New York elevator Bid OK’d to install elevator at Etowah Middle School More people walking, biking riding the bus to Metro Stations EW – Snapshot of the week Cooper Union is ‘Great Art’ with bad elevators Space Elevator climbing and beaming competition schedule Elevators make monkeys of us   Explosion in elevator kills man in downtown Kyiv Car-Powered Russian construction elevator Elevator video clears Sunrise man of battery The History of the American Elevator Industry – 1850-2001 – Free Online Book Underground explosion cuts power, traps people Landlord says elevator shutdown was unavoidable New elevator opens access for many church members Teen dies after fall down Iowa elevator shaft City Hall rally for Elevator Safety Bill Man attacks elderly woman in elevator Will the first space elevator be inflatable?

SB0149 and A17.3 Being Removed...What Does It Mean?

I have not yet heard or not if Illinois Legislators have contacted the Elevator Safety Board for their input on SB0149 after the Senate Passed the Bill and I don't believe that they have or will. For those Illinois House Representatives out there who have not yet voted or reviewed the bill and are wondering what the big deal is about the removal of A17.3 is, I've provided some additional reading for you.  Below you will find two 17.3 blog posts from an elevator consultant in Florida who does an excellent job of balancing common sense with the building owners best interest at heart. Our legislators could use a little more information before listening to angry Condo Boards who sacrifice safety for dollars.

A17.3 - Florida and What It Means

All The Relevant A17.3 - Posts From Alliance Elevator Consultants

Again this is a different state requiring A17.3 1996 but dealing with the same issues of balancing elevator code safety requirements with the cost for complying with them. If the the Illinois House of Representatives passes SB0149 with A17.3 removed existing elevators without certain safety devices will put the public at risk. Plus trying to get the requirement for A17.3 back into the Elevator Safety Act will require another Senate or House Bill which could take years to pass.

Attention Illinois Legislators, put A17.3 back in the bill and work with the Elevator Safety Board in negotiating the rest of the items that were removed. If there is ever a death or accident that could have been prevented if A17.3 was in SB0149 it's going to come back an haunt someone. Missing door restrictor, fire service, blown out hydraulic cylinders, it's just a matter of time.