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 or by phone at (218) 547-3609.


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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 today!

Elevator Radio Show 431 - Week 06/08/16

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 #350 - Week 11/20/2013

Click Here to download ERS-2013-11-20 #350 chiwkwthrSome wicked weather rolled through the area over the weekend, bad enough to postpone the Bears game on Sunday and pretty nasty tornado’s touched down across the Midwest, many towns in Illinois just getting hammered. Our thoughts are with those who lost almost everything and are rebuilding their lives. If you’d like to help the residents of those towns please consider making a donation to the American Red Cross as they are on site right now providing assistance. It's truly amazing that there weren't more fatalities and I'm glad that there weren't.

New/Article Links: Metal tip on heel of shoe gets stuck in escalator No violations regarding elevator in fatal accident 2 investigations complete, questions still remain What can a networking app do for you? Bronx man mugged in apartment building End of the week elevator fun EW: Unplugged Elevator work to continue into 2014 UAE: Uncle rushed to save niece but was too late Despite certificates elevators on the up and up Are you safe between floors at the mall? Very cool photo of the week Catching Fire Star’s naked elevator revelation 9 people rescued from elevator at Cook County What is Dieselducy? How do you determine motor HP if the tag is gone? ATIS Performs First 3rd Party Inspection in MS Medics and patient get stalled in elevator I loved the Bionic man and woman Fixing escalators could cost $4 million Macy’s sues escalator inspection company Iteam report on above Nordic Elevator Competition Set Red Cloud library to add elevator 7 stalled in elevator Chicago Elevator Association Holiday Party Date Set Inside an elevator generator EESF Recognizes Sponsors and Contributors Maxton Holds Training Session at Delaware Elevator

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #325 - Week 02/20/2013

Click Here to download ERS-2013-02-20 #325 stairsorelevatorBack to winter here in the Midwest, still crazy weather as we went from 50 on Monday all the way below freezing today. When is spring going to come? Next week I am not sure if I’ll be able to put together a show. My portable recording rig is out of commission so unless I’m able to get it working over the weekend I’ll have to figure on passing on next weeks show. I’ll be in Atlanta GA next week at the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Annual General Meeting and am looking forward to it. Please take a moment to support the EESF by donating, volunteering and sharing the message of the foundation.

News/Article Links: Tower building gets a reprieve on elevator test LRT escalator closures chronicled by website Long-awaited elevator becomes a reality this week Elevator operator part of historic buildings past EW Unplugged: Museum Hotels Feature Unique Elevators Why we will probably never build a space elevator No elevator so wheelchair bound student can’t attend school MBTA Cameras catch comical scene on escalator MESA Jan & Feb Recap Staten Island Community wants school elevator for boy with disorder Two Suspects jailed in weekend elevator attack Broken elevator raises tenant’s frustration Wisconsin Elevator Symposium Dates Set Modern Civilization would grind to a halt without elevators Texas Approves NAESA Course for elevator contractors Themed elevators, the next Discovery Channel show? Worlds fastest elevator: In Tawain 60km/h Daniel Moore Interviewed on 90.7

Not Enough News This Week For A Show - Instead Consider Become a Member of the ERRC

Sorry everyone but there simply wasn't enough articles to permit putting a show out this week. I could use the sleep and look forward to next weeks show. Instead of doing a show I wanted to take this opportunity to promote a cool bunch of elevator advocates who ride motorcycles and give back to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation. I'm a member and urge you to consider joining. You don't need to have a motorcycle to join and you get some really cool embroidered patches as part of your membership kit. These not only look awesome on the back of a leather jacket, they also look great mounted in a picture frame. The perfect addition to any office or place of business!

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Post: November 16th, 2011: ERS-2011-11-16 #276 Show Notes

Click Here to download ERS-2011-11-16 #276 It’s Elevator Escalator Safety Week everyone! What are you doing to celebrate? Great to be back in the saddle again from last weeks ordeal with my car. The darn thing still isn’t quite right. I’ve got two weeks worth of articles to cover on the program to day and I promise to get through them as quickly as possible, plus I've got an interesting story I’d like to share.

News/Article Links: A Safe Ride by Elevatoring Productions Timeline, costs change elevator work The easiest elevator pitch to deliver Elevator accident posted on Facebook Hawk rescued from escalator 1.7 million in elevator shaft fall Dover Traction elevator in St. Louis IL Fire Marshal Commemorates National EESF Week Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams Project 8-Elevator Simulation University of Arkansas elevator prank to air on TruTV Elevator accident in Canton kills woman Peelle Escalators discovered encapsulated Payne elevator car switch or someone else’s? November MESA Meeting Follow Up Anyone have information on Federal Elevator? Motor lubrication Dirty Dirty Door locks Brake Adjustments EW: Unplugged - Timekiller Two men critically injured in boom accident CEA Holiday Party December 7th Three students injured in elevator accident – WTF? Video story on elevator above - Interesting perspective KONE and the EESF Partner for Awareness Week Bronx students learn elevator escalator safety Elevators, Escalators can be dangerous, subject of safety week 12k ring lost in Dupont Circle Escalator Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch falls down escalator The most determined shopper ever Governor Rick Snyder proclaims EESF Week

Post: March 2nd, 2011: ERS-2011-03-02 #243 Show Notes

Back from a great time in Mobile AL, where I attended the Annual General Meeting for the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation! I also got a chance to visit both the foundation and Elevator World which was really cool.  I’ll recap what we accomplished and personally would like to thank those who have contributed so much to the foundation and the new comers to the board. Some tough reality to face as the budget is approved for next year. Also on the program we’ll cover the calendar of events for our industry.   

Calendar Of Events: NAESA Calendar NAEC Calendar IAEC Calendar ECA Calendar EIG SC Calendar CEA Calendar ECNY Calendar CECA Calendar EESF Calendar Elevator U Calendar MESA Calendar NCEIG Calendar The Lift Academy

News/Article Links: Dozens topple off malfunctioning DC escalator Video Footage Fall 2010 MTA Chief admits failure to maintain escalators Memo surfaces about broken subway escalator Metro Grade: The Escalator Doomsday Sudden cardiac arrest – Call the elevator first Goofy elevator video Three fall down Chadstone escalators No plans for criminal probe in ski lift accident Broken elevator leaves residents trapped Burning insulation on elevator motor creates smoke Classic: Elevator Fail Running a vertical marathon Historic Courthouse rebounds after fire Historical Society passes $250 thousand Hoist Machine Touchup How safe are chairlifts compared to cars, escalators and elevators Man sues claiming to have fallen down elevator shaft Man trapped in elevator during power outage I have to go here School works to get elevator for handicapped student Searching for Data Tags $5000 towards elevator project Lift operator dies during elevator rescue EW Unplugged: Another happy elevator story Construction soon to start at Lynchburg YWCA Elevator advertising Council approves $385K in City Hall Upgrades Residential elevators: A useful addition for your house Lift Game Test – Thanks Chris Great comments from escalator step collapse story Support the EESF Today!

Post: October 6th, 2010: ERS-2010-10-06 #222 Show Notes

Click Here to download ERS-2010-10-06 #222 Had a great time at the convention last week and have to hand it to the team at the NAEC for putting on another great convention. I loved Cincinnati and it had so much to share; old buildings, architecture, a rolling landscape, friendly residents and inexpensive parking. But what makes any conference a success are the people who attend it. I can’t tell you how great it was to see all of you who stopped by our booth and those who I ran into on the convention floor, in the hotel lobby and during meetings. For those of you who couldn’t make the event you missed a good one. On the show today I’ll recap last weeks show to the best of my ability and we’ll get caught up on the news from last week. Plus we’ll be giving away a $100 Gift Card from Visa and goodies from the companies listed below.

Special thanks to the companies who have donated goodies to the prize pack giveaway!

Fujitec America, GAL, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, C.J. Anderson, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,,,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, The Elevator Preservation Blog & ECS Corporation

News Links: Elevator Man Stories Hot Off The Presses Movie “Devil” gets another corny review Accurate Elevator deploys a new website Elevator gallery in New York What are those green lights at the ends of escalators for? Antique elevator wanted for 1898 home Arlington plans to increase capacity at Rosslyn Metro Cool Video, very creative Chelmsford residents cope with elevator repairs Child injured on IKEA escalator Freight elevator for office building Dog’s rescuers cut away part of house to free animal Woman trapped in elevator Elevator buttons ’40 times dirtier than toilet seats’ College students do have a humorous side Elevator operators wanted Great elevator Americana Gus Bevona, Ex-Union Chief, Dies at 69 Jury awards man around $31,000 after elevator shaft fall A condensed version of the above story LBFD Rescues women from elevator in the WTC London Professor invents curved escalator New local standard for lift maintenance published for South Africa Those crazy college kids again…. Q3 Industry Report Released Boy, four, gets his hand trapped in escalator Broken elevator causes ADA issues Elevator equipment malfunction sparks fire Elevator Posture: Need a Lift? Six rescued from elevators during power failure Half of Troy’s elevators not properly inspected NAEC’s 61st Annual Convention and Expo Websites starting to pick up EESF Message Giving elevator safety a lift Elevator equipment malfunction sparks fire in Troy A lawsuit ready to happen Old Elevator at Purdue University, I rode this one! Skating surface hits new low Antique Armor Single Speed Traction Elevator Boy’s hand freed from escalator in Washington Metro Get’s 5.3 million federal grant for tunnel escalators DiNapoli’s Office completes audit of enforcement of elevator equipment NY United Tech shares could take elevator up 20% over next year 3 Hurt as elevator car freefalls at condo building EIGSC – September Lunch Recap Woman Trapped in elevator during city power outage

Post: June 16th, 2010: ERS-2010-06-16 #208 Show Notes

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Back from a great time at the Elevator U conference at Purdue University all I can say is those guys and gals know how to have a great time. It was great to see everyone at the event and I’d like to thank those who support EU as well as the EESF. The conference was filled with three days of education, a silent auction, vendor show and some great networking opportunities. I’ll give a better recap on the show today. Lots to talk about on the program everyone, I’ve got two weeks worth of news stories to get through and I’ll do my best to get through it as quickly as possible. Those in the Midwest area please sign up for the Chicago Cruise next week. It’s always a great time and fun for everyone.

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