Elevator Safety Training

Post: January 25th, 2012: ERS-2012-01-25 #284 Show Notes

Click Here to download ERS-2012-01-24 #284 Last show of January and you know what that means….it’s our prize pack giveaway. Next week there will be no show as I will be traveling to Atlanta, GA to attend the Annual Meeting for the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation. I’m excited about the meeting and wish I could stay longer. More information on the accident in NY has surfaced and it’s going to get a lot uglier as the DA gets involved with the investigation. I can’t say it enough, we as an industry need to make sure that training is our number one priority. Sure it’s important to learn about the code but when you get right down to it if there are people out there working on elevators and escalators who are not properly trained they are doing the job incorrectly each and every day. For states that require continuing education credits each year, make them count. It’s not enough to simply just learn about the code. Safety and understanding what can happen if the job is not done correctly is just as important. No one knows it all and each day we all need to learn something new.

Special thanks to the companies who have donated goodies to it!

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, ElevatorGear.com, ElevatorShack.com, ElevatorU.org, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, The Elevator Preservation Blog, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists, Elevatormanstories.com, Elevator Riders Riding Club, Elevator History Museum, Code Data Plate.com and  Certified Conveyance Training Corp.

News/Article Links: Officials state elevator maintenance cause death DA delves into NY elevator horrorTime out jumper anyone? 12 elevators you need to see to believe Baby born in elevator Schindler Port elevator video The importance of working escalators in mass transit Engineer testifies escalator was overloaded Escalator lawsuit settled How safe are your elevators EW Unplugged Photo of the Week: WOW! WTC Trade Center Progress Dog vs. Elevator Doors – Dog wins Child loses part of foot in escalator World Elevator Report Out Richard Hill, 85, Dies Courthouse Elevators operating after repairs Elevator issues lead to Carlsbad Caverns delays Seniors stuck in elevator Nowata County approves elevator upgrade Elevator broke at senior apartment building CJA Antique elevator fixtures video

Post: January 4h, 2012: ERS-2012-01-04 #282 Show Notes

Click Here to download ERS-2012-01-04 #282 Happy New Year every one. Let’s hope that 2012 proves to be a safer one when it comes to vertical transportation equipment and fewer and fewer accident articles are covered relating to accidents on this program. 2011 had some of the worst accidents in one year, most of which happened in December. And as if both accidents in California and New York weren’t enough another fatality occurred in Texas just last week. I’m not sure there’s a better time for each of us to step up our game in order to make sure these types of accidents don’t occur ever again.  The recent accidents seem to provide evidence that our industry is not headed down the right path. Does lack of training on all fronts appear to be catching up to us? Are we going to accept the same excuses of budgetary constraints as reasons why elevators are not inspected and safe? Are we going to continue to cut each other’s throats on maintenance contracts or not perform maintenance at all? I’d like to ask the unpopular question; if this is where we are at right now, where will we be 10 years from now. This is only the beginning…..


News/Article Links: Escalator in Columbia sets world record Boy in fatally injured on elevator Mitsubishi will have fastest elevator Cool vintage elevator photo Lawsuit filed in Manhattan Accident Woman Dies in Elevator Accident - TX Parents want law changed after disabled son dropped on escalator Inside look of a British Cold war bunker Man dies after three story fall from escalator Man freed after being trapped in times building elevator Focus on elevator and escalator safety No CEA Meeting in January Firefighters breach wall in NYC Elevator rescue EW Unplugged Photo the Week Interesting NY 1910 Stats Scary Tweet KONE Strengthens Environmental Leadership Dupont Circle South Escalators to Close for part of 2012 City of Chicago ProjectDox EIGSC December Shaft Elevator Enthusiast finds hobby has Ups and Downs Elevator through aquarium Update Mechanic indicted Capital Employee Garage Austin Replacing a worn elevator emulator

Post: October 19th, 2011: ERS-2011-10-19 #273 Show Notes

Click Here to download ERS-2011-10-19 #273 We’ve got another accident to report on the show today involving another elevator mechanic up in Canada. I truly hope that the powers that be take safety as serious as possible when it comes to safety training for mechanics and technicians. It’s more than just the basics, it’s learning from experiences like this and being prepared for almost every kind of situation. Share this knowledge as it does nothing to assist those who are just learning.  Next week is our prize pack giveaway, make sure you get over and get your e-mail address added to our list to become eligible to win!

News/Article Links: Elevator Technician remembered Common sight for some subway riders This is why…NO DOGS ON ESCALATORS! KONE Awarded Project at NY Subway Station Tube station staff told not to help blind Elevator or tanning bed? Boy loses toe in escalator accident Elevator awkwardness creates social disaster Elevator operator’s overriding story Owners guide to Schindler People-moving systems All about escalators Base jumping off an elevator Elevator and Escalator accident reconstruction Firemen rescue person on elevator Man admits making about 30 up skirt videos First smart elevator installed in Ontario The Humble Escalator Trapped in the elevator School Board awards more bids for project

Elevator Repairman Falls to His Death - Elevator Safety!

The reality of the hazardous work that elevator mechanics are involved with every day is very serious and should not be taken lightly.  Not the kind of start to a work week that any of us want to read about make certain that you make safety your number one priority each and every day!  I sometimes talk directly with mechanics in my day job involving technical support and each and every time I end my conversation with, "Be Safe Out There"! Most of the time mechanics chuckle on the other end of the phone but I truly mean it. I think that in many cases they have become complacent with the work they do and used to the dangers. We all need to remember the first month we spent in the field. Being scared of heights, electricity, doing the wrong thing and holding on to dear life while riding up on top of the elevator. After reading the linked article you'll have a pit in your stomach and pray that something like this never happens to you or anyone of your mechanics. Some useful safety resources in case your not sure where to turn.

Safety Training For Mechanics, Supervisors, Managers - There's never enough training you can receive on workplace safety. Just because you've been trained once on a particular topic doesn't mean you'll remember it forever. Don't pass the buck on training, even if you feel it's some one else's responsibility.  It's all of our responsibility! Don't have time to set up a program? Contact Robert Krieger at Certified Conveyance Training Corporation.  Safety Training is what he specializes in and his technical background support this. Contact Bob and make safety training an ongoing priority each year in your company. http://www.cctc.name/

ElevatorBooks.com - Another great resource can be found at the ElevatorBooks.com website.  There are some great valuable resources there which should be used in conjunction with in person safety training by a professional instructor.  Elevator World has been promoting workplace safety as long as they've been publishing. If you haven't updated your safety material for your company lately make sure you do so today.

I learn much better when someone is teaching me and not by reading. Make safety a priority today and let's make sure accidents like this don't happen in the future.








Elevator Passenger Door Accidents

The bottom line is if you want to make sure that your power passenger doors are adjusted properly then the Kinetic Energy Calculator is the tool you need. Certified Conveyance Training Corporation developed this product after they saw a real need of measuring elevator door force.  Much better and more accurate than the typical door pressure gauge with the good old rubber washer, the Kinetic Energy Calculator measures the energy and force for the entire travel of the elevator door to ensure it’s adjusted properly. The Videos Below are worthy of a watch and are from CCTC's Youtube.com page.

Video Below - The Article that is covered in this video is key!

The video below is a short tutorial on how easy it is to use this device.

This device and the use of it during regular elevator maintenance and inspections could possibly prevent our industry from seeing another passenger door strike lawsuit, not involving a light curtain/reversing edge. We now finally can prove that elevator doors are properly adjusted and are in accordance with the code. With time/date stamping of each test, bringing test reports into any lawsuit will maximize the elevator owner/managers defense and should help in minimizing liability. When it comes to litigation the more solid data you have the better your defense.

The Kinetic Energy Calculator is the perfect tool for contractors, consultants, mechanics and inspectors. For you attorneys out there looking for information, if this device is used in a case you're working on, there’s no more accurate way of measuring the kinetic energy of an elevator door than with this unit.

For more information visit http://www.cctc.name/

Post: October 20th, 2010: ERS-2010-10-20 #224 Show Notes

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After last weeks packed show it’s nice to have a quieter week on the news front. It should be short and sweet today. However the first article expands more on the maintenance worker that was killed last week in Florida while working on an elevator. The guy who died was not an elevator mechanic. I’ll have more commentary on this during the show. Thanks to those who took the time to write in this week. I appreciate it and want to thank you for sharing your thoughts on the articles last week.  Next week is our prize pack giveaway and I’m going to be giving away a $100 Duluth Trading Company gift certificate away. All you need to do to qualify is to sign up for the e-newsletter.  As always thanks for tuning in today and for your continued support.

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News/Article Links: Family wants answers to maintenance workers death Verify a Licensed Elevator Technician - FL Cleaning the Escalator A much better way to clean an escalator! Third elevator requested for hospital Escalator audit highlights deficiencies Silver Spring Library cuts: different glass, maybe scissor escalator TL Jones supplies elevator telephones to Ferrari World Theme Park Whole Foods apologies for service elevator usage Hub International Acquires Burnham & Company Dog Confused by Escalator Modular Elevator Manufacturing Introduces LULU elevator Fauxology Celebrates Elevator Week Man sues Odyssey House after falling down elevator shaft MESA Elevator Safety Seminar is here! KONE Reports Good Progress Q3 Metro outlines plans to improve escalator, elevator service Women’s back broken by closer elevator doors Make Sure Your Doors Are Adjusted Correctly with the Kinetic Energy Calculator Atlantic Elevator Consultants

Post: October 13th, 2010: ERS-2010-10-13 #223 Show Notes

Click Here to download ERS-2010-10-13 #223 While not as long of a show as last week it a huge one to say the least. There are at least three tragic accidents involving elevators which should never have happened. This just goes to show you how important it is for all of us  to promote safety. Both to the people we work with as well as for the people who own and use vertical transportation equipment. The first article I lead with this week is a big one! I stumbled upon it by accident and am glad that I did. It’s a perfect example and reminder for all of us that the cost for training and proper maintenance far outweighs the price associated with litigation. Print this one out or forward it to your coworkers.

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News/Article Links: Elevator Deaths/Injuries Continue Unabated: Maintenance Avoidance In Part To Blame Elevator Pitch -Video Subway system’s broken escalators Wheaton escalator service restored EIGSC next meeting 10-19-2010 DC Sloths can’t stop complaining about broken escalators Man becomes stuck on Hollywood and Vine Metro escalator The Levytator: A better picture of it than on last weeks show How it’s made – escalator handrails Bruce Willis survives rolling escalator Women hut in Everett hospital elevator Crazy wheelchair Kamikaze plunges into elevator shaft - video Photo of the week from EW Three hurt as elevator falls in Manila Police identify woman who fell down elevator shaft Stabbing suspect arrested after assault on elevator Elevator inspections in Iowa City helps Jackson House seek elevator grant Refrain from doing weight jokes in elevators Low budget restricts elevator renovations Out of service escalators likely to stay that way Nebraska women dies after being crushed by elevator Worker dies in elevator accident Good Samaritan assisted women on escalator 6 Trains resume service at 51st street stop