elevator accident

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?

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

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 518 – Week 10/31/2018

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It is so sad that we lost another elevator mechanic this past week. I share that article along with another which goes to show that even the most safety conscious can be hurt or fatally injured in their everyday work environments. Not a great show to make anyone feel good so share the stories, the information with your coworkers and let’s all do our best to prevent any more accidents like this from happening in the future.  Since it’s the last show of the month I’m giving away a $100 and some goodies from the companies listed below.

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

 News/Article Links:

Mechanic killed by counterweight

Man falls down elevator shaft - Lexington

A reminder; accidents can happen to anyone

In Memoriam: Bob Schumacher

Empire State Building: Unsung Hero’s

NYC’s Subway elevator attendants to stay put

Residential home lift company issues recalls

Court action against owner of apartment building

Escalator collapsed as escalator collapses in Rome

CEA Meeting November 1st

QEI & Elevator Code Associate Training Schedule

Elevator Radio Show 517 - Week 10/17/2018

!!!!Never attempt to ride an escalator in a wheelchair!!! INJURY AND OR DEATH WILL OCCUR!

!!!!Never attempt to ride an escalator in a wheelchair!!! INJURY AND OR DEATH WILL OCCUR!

I learned some sad news this week about the passing of Gordon Ernst who was a consultant from Washington.  I didn’t know Gordon that well and met him only a few times. However he made a lasting impression on me. Recognize those who make this profound impact on you, no matter how little or how great. Know that life is short and before you know it the time we have here to make a difference will soon be gone. I know, a bit morbid for a Wednesday morning but lately I’ve discovered the reality that even though life is the longest thing we’ll ever do it’s as fragile as an egg. 

Elevator Radio Show 516 – Week 10/3/2018

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Back from a week in Atlantic City exhibiting at the NAEC and it was great to see so many of you who stopped by to say hello. I love the fact the show was out east to tailor to our NY and east coast friends and hope that after the next two or three times we’re scheduled to hold a convention there we can move to other cities and venues. I’ll share a quick recap of the event, also on what’s happening with our production equipment and want you to know it feels good to be back.

Elevator Radio Show – Week 9/19/2018

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4:38 am CST - My apologies but there will be no audio or video show today. After the show notes were all done I went to go turn on my production computer and got nothing. I’m hoping it’s just the power supply but have a feeling it’s more than that. Might be a good opportunity to get a more robust computer that can handle more video/audio processing. Make your back ups people, preferably to an offsite location, that’s where mine reside.

For friends and industry family affected by Hurricane Florence we’re thinking about you. The news footage from the flooding looks terrible and no matter how well one prepares for a hurricane Mother Nature is a force that brings with it some serious untamed power. If there’s anything I can do for listeners of the show please let me know. Next week is the NAEC Fall convention in Atlantic City which I’ll be at and on the show today I share some of my fun memories of when my dad would return from it back in the 70’s when I was a kid. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you which I don’t get to see but once a year.  

News/Article Links:

NYC DOB Compliance Filings Move Online

10 injured in escalator accident in high school

Child dies in elevator - Bulgaria

Woman suffers gas after escalator panel dislodges

Church plans to build elevator

Broken elevator at Harrisburg high rise repaired

Man seriously hurt after getting leg stuck in escalator

Hundreds race up massive Rottweil elevator test tower

Elon Musks Loop Lift

Man accused of preying on girls in elevator

CEA Next Meeting

Elevator shaft falls from building as typhoon hits

Construction elevators going pink

Oregon City Municipal Elevator

Elevator Radio Show 514 – Week 9/5/2018

Visit  NAESA International  for QEI Educational Opportunities 

Visit NAESA International for QEI Educational Opportunities 

Next week is the Wisconsin Elevator Symposium and I’m looking forward to it. The venue, the topics and the ability to get so many educational credits in once place draws a lot of people. If you need to get your educational credits consider attending this event. It’s a really cool place to hold a conference and a first rate event. I’ll be there the night for the dinner and look forward to seeing many of you there.

Elevator Radio Show 508 – Week 7/18/2018

Heat effects more than just our bodies. Elevators, rooftop machine rooms and power fluctuations can cause elevators to stop working and for good reason.  

Heat effects more than just our bodies. Elevators, rooftop machine rooms and power fluctuations can cause elevators to stop working and for good reason.  

Good to be back after a busy four weeks of travel.  I’m thinking things will settle down a little bit by November. I appreciate so many of you reaching out to me asking what the heck was going on but the reality is that life just got really, really busy for me, more so than normal.

“Elevators don’t run if you don’t do maintenance,” said Dick Gregory, a Chicago-based elevator consultant who has testified as an expert witness in lawsuits involving elevator injuries throughout the country. “And they’re not safe if you don’t do maintenance.” - Dick Gregory - Vertex Elevator Consultants

Elevator Radio Show 506 – Week 6/6/2018

Please do not allow your children to ride escalators alone! Visit  www.eesf.org  for more information and a better understanding on how safely to ride escalators, elevators and moving walkways. 

Please do not allow your children to ride escalators alone! Visit www.eesf.org for more information and a better understanding on how safely to ride escalators, elevators and moving walkways. 

It's catch up week after postponing last week’s show. Unfortunately I have too many articles that involve accidents to share, three tragic which could have been prevented.  In addition I’ll share a scary story regarding a friend/mechanic who was involved in an accident last year in while in the field. Just as a reminder if you need your QEI certification renewed you need to get on that quick! For more information visit NAESAi.org.  

Elevator Radio Show 504 – Week 5/9/2018

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On today’s program I get to get to share an experience I had regarding an elevator from 1934, an accident and the problem with building/elevator owners who simply won’t invest in there elevators. So what’s the moral of the story? When you’re a cheap ass slumlord with no intention of investing in your buildings there’s a good chance someone is going to get hurt or worse lose their life.  As contractors, inspectors, consultants and manufacturers we all need to take steps to make sure these people understand the ramifications of not maintaining, repairing and/or upgrading their elevators could lead too which is injury or worse. 

Elevator Radio Show 502 – Week 4/25/2018

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I was close to only sharing one news story today and looking back maybe I should have. Each that follows the lead article fails to compare to the tragedy of losing another elevator mechanic.  I read other articles and Facebook posts where those who knew Randy referred to him as a Superhero.  I need you all to remember that you are someone’s Superhero.  You may not feel like it but you are and those whom might view you as such would never be the same if something like this were to happen to you.  Our industry sends its most deep heart sympathy to the friends and family of Randy Wilson. Work safe out there.

Last Show Of The Month – Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To The Following Prize Pack Giveaway Donors!

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

Elevator Radio Show 501 – Week 4/18/2018

Elevator Radio Show 500 – Week 4/11/2018

Tom Sybert - Being Interviewed on Innovation Hub at WBEZ NPR in Chicago. 

Tom Sybert - Being Interviewed on Innovation Hub at WBEZ NPR in Chicago. 

I was never really a big fan of milestones or my own birthday for that matter and simply feel lucky just being able to do what I enjoy doing.  I want to thank each of you for joining me each week as I’ve made some awesome friends along the way.  So thank you for helping make me want to do this each week.  

Yes, it seems that the three thumbnail choices that Youtube pulls from my video are sometimes the most ridiculous ones in the world. My goal is to share ones that are the worst. 

Elevator Radio Show 499 – Week 4/4/2018

Elevator Radio Show 498 – Week 3/14/2018

Elevator Radio Show 497 – Week 3/07/2018

Crazy elevator openings at the Rosemont Parking Garage gives a whole new meaning to "Got Lift"?  Photo Credit: J. Day

Crazy elevator openings at the Rosemont Parking Garage gives a whole new meaning to "Got Lift"?  Photo Credit: J. Day

It was nice to see many of you at the NAESA International Spring Workshop on Friday. I appreciate the opportunity to provide a very quick update on the EESF and what we covered during our annual meeting.  Education is critical in everything we do and continuing it yearly if not daily is important. The day I stop learning something new is the day I should be in the eight feet under. Share what you learn with others, especially when it comes to preserving and protecting the safety of others.

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Get your "got lift" Goods today by clicking the image above. 

Elevator Radio Show 496 – Week 2/28/2018

There is so much to cover on the show today that’ I’m certain of leaving something or many things out.  First and foremost I’m back from the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Annual General Meeting and it felt good to pass the gavel on to Mark Mullins the EESF’s new Chairman.  I’m proud to be a member of the foundation and also to have helped it these past few years but now it’s ready for the executive board to help it reach its goals and promote its mission.  

Last Show Of The Month – Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To The Following Prize Pack Giveaway Donors!

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

 

Elevator Radio Show 493 – Week 1/17/2018

Support the family of one of our own.  https://www.gofundme.com/brandonsfarewell

Support the family of one of our own. https://www.gofundme.com/brandonsfarewell

As we learn the identity of the mechanic who was killed in a work related accident last week I think it hurts even more after learning he was a young father. If the photos don’t help you in working methodical and safe each day nothing will.