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Elevator Radio Show 438 - Week 08/17/16

We almost had a show without elevators/escalators being in the news. When that day happens I’m going to be so happy. Here’s my challenge to everyone. Make elevators and escalators so safe that nothing happens which would pull them into a news article. I’ve been getting up early every Wednesday morning at 2 am since 2005 and I think it’s time we don’t read about them anymore. What do you say?

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

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Elevator Radio News: Las Vegas Elevator Safety Editorial – Week 05/23/2012

In lieu of today's show I've put together this editorial regarding one news report that I found online.  I wanted to talk about this one because it's time to address some key points that the reporter, Nathan Baca didn't cover in the months of investigation by the I-Team. I figured that the following video would suffice for the learning lesson for the day so no video/audio show today. Watch the video linked here regarding Channel 8 CBS news in Las Vegas investigating Elevator Safety. Please note that the following commentary is just that. My own opinion on the information provided in the video. I do not have any details other than what’s been covered in the video and the following commentary is my own and may not be entirely correct based on the actual facts that may not have been shared in the video. Now that the disclaimer has been stated here I go.

Story Recap: A state elevator inspector is being blamed for not finding a jumped out safety device that may or may not have lead to a fatality in which a mechanic fell down the hoistway shortly after it had passed inspection. Concerned elevator technicians question the qualifications of state elevator and escalator inspectors which they note put elevator technicians and the general riding public in harm’s way because of their lack of training for inspecting equipment which I’ll get to in a little bit.

Here’s my problem with this and someone feel free to correct me if I’m way of base are commenting too harsh on the topic. Who is responsible for the repair/maintenance of the elevator/escalator? Who is responsible for updating the Maintenance Control Program with the work and tests that have been performed? Who’s responsible for making sure the elevator/escalator is safe during regular periodic maintenance visits? Who see’s the equipment on a regular basis? And the last and final question I’ll ask is who was responsible for putting the jumper on the controller? So someone tell me how the state elevator inspector is ultimately responsible the death of this elevator mechanic? I understand why elevators and inspectors need this kind of oversight as the report clearly notes, however placing that much responsibility on one person who, if luck sees the conveyance device once a year is concerning on its own.

The story continues to go into detail that elevator technicians are truly concerned about wiring safety issues and that inspectors are not catching them. This is one of those moments where I just had to yell out loud with a sound of dismay. I ask again the following question, if you are an elevator technician and are concerned about the safety of an elevator or escalator that you’re working on, fix the problem and make the equipment safer, or better yet, tag and lock it out and document this in the MCP. Do not rely on anyone other than yourself to make sure the equipment you maintain and work on is being checked and is safe. Do that yourself! Document what you’re doing in the MCP for the next mechanic and make everyone safer who work, inspect and ride on elevators. This I-Team Investigation does nothing more than shed light on an ongoing industry issue that is much larger than most realize. It is not isolated by state and appears that money and profit are the true motivators for where we are at today.

Regarding the statements made in the video concerning the qualifications of elevator inspectors in Nevada. I am not sure what the current qualifications are for the inspectors but am under the impression that they do hold their QEI card. I don’t know how someone who has no training can inspect elevator or escalators. EVERY elevator inspector, whether private or employed by a state agency should be QEI certified. And this certification is not easy to obtain.

So to recap, I’ve not watched an I-Team Investigation like this before. Not one that elevator technicians look to blame state inspectors for not catching mistakes and issues that were ultimately created by those working on the equipment. It’s somewhat shocking and I felt the need to share my opinion which most likely will not be a popular one. This is one of the many reasons why Maintenance Control Programs are so important not only to those who work on elevators but to those who inspect them.

I encourage anyone in our industry who does not feel as if they are up to par on elevator code or vertical transportation safety training to make education your priority. Below you’ll find some excellent sources for continuing education.

Certified Conveyance Training Corp NAESA International NAEC NEII® IUEC/EIWPF Elevator World Jobsite Safety

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we all have a responsibility to make vertical transportation equipment safer every day. Not doing so should be considered a crime and we cannot rely on other’s to do it for us. See an issue or something wrong, correct it or tag/lock it out. Don’t point blame, don’t ignore, just fix it. We truly need to band together on all fronts and instead of fighting and looking the other way, fix it right and safe so that terrible accidents like the one in the report never happen again. For our field guys and gals, fight for reduced maintenance routes, fight for getting more mechanics in the field to cover these routes. Make safety a priority each day and continue to learn. There’s so much information on equipment, safety and the elevator code that you should never stop trying to learn.

The time has never been more urgent to change the way we maintain and work on equipment than now. Make that change today. Please feel free to leave your comments in the section below or send your e-mails to elevatorradioshow@gmail.com

The Elevator Radio Show: ERS-2012-02-29 #287

Click Here to download ERS-2012-02-29 #287 Light on the number of news stories on the show today however the internet was flooded with the NYC DOB press release with the findings of the elevator fatality back in December. This article was picked up by pretty much every news organization as well as the general public. I wouldn’t doubt that it was one of the trending topics on twitter. I’ll have more on this story in a couple of days to add some fuel to the fire and hope that some good comes from it. Today is our prize pack giveaway and I’m pleased to be giving away another $100 along with some more cool goodies in our prize pack giveaway. Be safe out there.


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, 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.

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Another week filled with elevator news articles! I was secretly hoping for a quieter week but oh well. Today on the show in addition to covering the news for the week we’re also giving away a $50 dollar gift certificate to the Duluth Trading Company. Just in time for the holidays.  Thanks to those of you who posted comments regarding the article the air heads over at the Gothamist posted. This week’s articles again prove why it’s important to support the EESF! Everyone have a great Thanksgiving and extended four day weekend. Talk to you all next week.

Thanks to the following companies who have donated goodies to our end of the month prize pack! Fujitec America, GAL, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, COMPANY SRL, 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.

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