elevator safety

Elevator Radio Show 528 - Week 4/3/2019

This is one of those shows where one unexpected article link, had me thinking about recalls and elevators and escalators as they related to the CPSC.  After reading and sharing one listed below, I got to thinking about the question of whether there were other recalls out there as they related that I hadn’t seen and decided to do some quick digging.  What I found was a little concerning.  I need to fully disclose my day job involves many things but manufacturing and selling door interlocks and mechanical door switches for freight/passenger elevators.  We are not, however a player in the residential elevator market. Also, I’m not an expert when it comes to residential elevators nor anything for that matter so take what I say with a grain of salt.  With all of this out of the way I ask one simple question on the show today which is a good one.

Is Elevator Safety a “Silent Majority” or just a “Vocal Minority”?

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Being a member of NAESA International I'm proud to be part of something that is concerned about safety as they are.  With permission Bob Shepherd allowed me to share his letter from the executive director from last months Progress. I have to say that the Progress is one of the best informational pieces I look forward to reading each month.  Thank you Bob for being so passionate about safety and for never letting up when it would be so easy to do so. - Tom Sybert

Is Elevator Safety a “Silent Majority” or just a “Vocal Minority”? - Written by Bob Shepherd - Executive Director - NAESA International - www.naesai.org

Bob Shepherd - NAESAi.org Executive Director

Bob Shepherd - NAESAi.org Executive Director

I hear and experience a lot about safety policies and procedures from pretty much the same group of people at safety meetings and at rare safety venues, but it is infrequent to hear those same policies and procedures repeated, reinforced or practiced by the people on the front lines, the end users who are the most vulnerable, the working men and women out there in the field. How can we get the Silent Majority to join and believe the Vocal Safety Minority? Many companies, if they have a safety person at all, employ one person who is tasked to identify safety needs, then educate, reinforce and audit safety, while hopefully instilling in each and every worker a lasting safety attitude, this safety person needs to have an optimism possessing tireless energy to keep the safety message and the safe environment flourishing. I am not a negative person, in actuality I am the exact opposite, but I am a realist and even though safety is taught with the best intentions and expectations, too many times the safety message falters and becomes a case of, I am out of sight, so I am out of mind for the recipient/worker. Once the safety audit is over, the next thought is: who won that ballgame, instead of let’s try to keep the positive safe work habits going. Seems to be, that far too many people suffer from:  Elevator Safety Attention Deficit Disorder, let me call it ESADD. I know, another acronym, but if it is not an app or an acronym, today’s crowd won’t even discuss it let alone actually know and practice it. Not surprising at all with so many endless distractions we have in this crazy world of ours. Funny, even when we find some downtime and a rare peaceful moment, we just can’t let it remain so, let’s grab the device and open an app. If you do have a few minutes to exhale and relax, you can’t live without looking at what is on your smartphones, try putting your phones away, you may like experiencing what we have sadly lost, which was the time to think and be free of the non-beneficial brainwashing.
Now back to safety!
 
How can every one of us avoid not suffering from ESADD (Elevator Safety Attention Deficit Disorder)? Do we even have time to exhale today with all the distractions and interferences to our concentration on work and safety thoughts? Good thing breathing is an involuntary action, or we would all be dead from lack of air as we are distracted and forget to breath. Think of when you are out there in the field, regardless of your duties, whether you are a technician, inspector, consultant, safety person, yes even a safety person. Think about how many phone calls, emails and text messages you are involved with while trying to do your task at hand. The entire time you are trying to stay focused on the task at hand, let alone safety, someone says, “hold on or excuse me while I take this call or when you are multi-tasking to read an email or text and reply while trying to stay focused on the people with you”. People do not focus on the right now, but are always looking past the right now so concentration is lost. This is only one type of distraction, now add what is going on in your head at most times of your busy day and night. Distractions like: financial struggles, relationship issues, work load, next stop to make, job security concerns, family and personal health issues, thoughts of vacations, kid’s needs and on and on it goes like the bunny. So how is there even room for safety in that crowded, crazy and busy head? I know a few safety people who seem to be not focused on the here and now and quite too often give the feeling to others that they are always thinking to the next item or just getting done, we all in safety need to connect to each individual personally. Let’s call it good bedside manners, think of the right now and what is before you, instead of who you will see next or what next needs to be done. Be that safety doctor who really listens and takes time with the ailing patient, try harder to connect, gain trust and make a safety friend, not just a business associate and payroll number.
 
The next distraction is: nothing happens fast enough. Whether it is your own opinion, your employer or the customer. Everyone thinks it is taking too long or the wheels set in motion are moving too slowly. Think as you are driving down the road how fast you drive when taking the shortest trip. Hardly anyone obeys the speed limits anymore. If a person doesn’t speed along with the crazies now, you may and more often than not, bear the brunt of obscenities, aggressive drivers and possible road rage. Think about it, you are behind the wheel of your car, taking a five-minute ride to some store. The speed limit is 45mph, but you dive 60mph through the residential area with total disregard of the posted speed limit and the hazards you may create. Whoopee, you get to your destination 30 seconds sooner, I hope you take advantage of the added foolish time saved. The same is true for the hurry up and get it done attitude in the workplace. For whatever reason, once and a while there is no time for safety, but we can find the time to apply a band aid on that cut finger or make a trip to the emergency room or worse. In today’s world we have a hurry up and wait attitude, why? Because nothing happens fast enough in this high-speed world, from internet access to restaurant service to package delivery to fixing elevators in hopes of keeping the masses happy. I personally would rather slow down, think and live, why wouldn’t you?
 
Why Dreaming Big Can Help Save a Life

Hopes, dreams and goals are what should help drive people to work safe and help others stay safe!
Hopes and dreams are a huge part of safety, because your hopes and dreams of your future depend on and should ultimately guide your daily safety strategy.
So, dreaming big is exactly what you need to do to stay safe and to help keep others safe. You need to work hard on safety, and stick to it.
Because a big dream is important, and will help you set your safety goals, but it is only the first step, but it could be the most important step on a given day
 
What dreams and goals do you hold in your heart, which will make you want to live a long time and help avoid ESADD? I will share my most important dream and goal in my life, now that I am getting older. A thought I live by: dreams and goals are pretty much the same, except that goals have deadlines. So, my dream is a simple one, achieving this goal might be the difficult part though. I have two children and until three years ago I didn’t have any grandchildren and never expected any since both of my children are up in years, but it happened. Now I have three grandchildren, twins from my daughter and son-in-law and a little boy from my son and daughter-in-law. My grandchildren are now my life and probably the most important reason why I want to walk this earth for as long as possible. I actually only knew one of my grandparents and have no memory of the other three which were gone from my life long before memories of them could be retained in a young child’s head. Now my dream: I want to live long enough so that my grandchildren will remember me and then in some way know that I touched their young lives and had a positive influence on who they may become. Every day, whether home, working, vacationing or really doing nothing at all, think safety and protect your dreams. You and I can’t realize dreams and achieve goals if we are not here walking amongst them.  
 
I don’t believe for one minute that enough is being done in the name of safety to bring the human being into safety, where’s the passion and compassion? Where are the programs to keep family and their dreams in safety daily? I know of a few who try, but very few! Write all the safety procedures you wish, but until the end user realizes what will be lost if safety is ignored or abbreviated, accidents will continue to happen, and more lives will be lost. We need to have a take your child to work day every day in your hearts! Make Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and every other special day each and every day and then add a “Let’s All Live Day” to every one of those days!
 
Stop, think and consider who needs you and the wishes you still have in life to satisfy your dreams and attain your goals. Please become part of the vocal safety minority and help it foster a safety focused majority, this is the best path to living and realizing your dreams and achieving your goals, for you and the others you touch. I know at times I ramble on as I try to deliver the safety message, but I believe my heart is in the right place. I am by no means a safety expert, but I will use every ounce of my energy and whatever expertise I have to try and avoid an accident and in turn try to save a life.


Think about what brings joy to you and others, don't let an accident steal your joy!

On an almost closing note: summer is close, and many dangers await the uninformed, the foolish or the too young to know better group. Many hazards await the, I can’t wait to get outside crowd when taking advantage of the warm weather, vacations with the no rules or no caution needed attitude some have. Danger can lurk at every turn, from amusement rides, watercraft, lakes, oceans, swimming pools, motorsports, hiking, camping, mountain climbing, sunburn risk and on and on the list goes. Don’t let your vacation and summer season experience end in an emergency room. Contemplate all the risk involved with your summer activity and mitigate all the risk, it only takes a minute to plan, but not doing so, may cause a lifetime of pain or loss. Above all, please don’t drink and drive and put those cell phones down when driving. I live in a seashore summer resort area and I see weekly what happens when alcohol is not kept separate from motorized vehicles. My experience has been only an inconvenience so far with the electric being off till the power company can replace the pole hit by the intoxicated driver, but too many times the ultimate price is paid by the thoughtless and more sadly the innocent. I have seen this first hand far too often as a younger man, when I was a volunteer fireman. Don’t take the risk!

Let’s continue to work together to help save lives by doing whatever it takes, life is worth the effort! I love you all and I want all of you here with me for many years to come!
Thanks for listening and your support, be safe!
Sincerely,
          Bob Shepherd                                                     
          “Stay Safety Pinned”
            www.naesai.org

 

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 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 494 – Week 2/7/2018

Elevator Radio Show 484 – Week 11/1/2017

Elevator in India looks more like a trash compactor. 

Elevator in India looks more like a trash compactor. 

Good to be back although I could have used a couple extra hours of sleep, at least that’s what my body is telling me. The show is packed with articles and at least two of which I’m certain are being discussed on the job and between coworkers and for good reason.  I’ll talk more about that on today but want to leave you with this. Safety in our industry falls on each one of us. When accidents happen it is easy to point the finger at who is to blame but we are ultimately responsible for one person, ourselves. 

 

Elevator Radio Show 481 - Week 10/04/17

Congratulations to Craig Zomchek 2017-2018 NAEC President

Congratulations to Craig Zomchek 2017-2018 NAEC President

I want to personally thank everyone who wrote me last week letting me know I was not alone in what I attempt to do each week.  I was blown away by everyone who took the time to write, call and send me text messages.  On top of all of those I was lucky enough to attend the NAESA Wisconsin Elevator Symposium last week and only for a day but it was great to talk with so many friends whom I haven’t seen in a while.  While I was only able to attend one day it was great to see the turn out the event received.  Today’s show is light on news but heavy on appreciation.

Keeping Safety Front and Center!

I truly love the passion that Bob Shepherd brings to our industry and in promoting safety. His latest letter shared in NAESA International Progress Newsletter is spot on in how we all need to be thinking about safety.  I encourage you to share this with your coworkers and let's all do our part in making accidents non existent.  Also consider becoming a member of NAESA International.  They are the authority on safety and live and breath it every day.  

Bob Shepherd, Executive Director

Bob Shepherd, Executive Director

2017 - September Edition of the Progress - Bob Shepherd - NAESA International

This is one of the most difficult PROGRESS articles I have ever written. With great sadness, I share with you, that we have lost three more members from our elevator family to “accidents” all three fatalities happened in North America, not that it matters where. There were three separate accidents and in one of the “accidents” there was also an elevator family member who was critically injured, but luckily, he has survived! Will this never end? We will all miss the three mechanics and pray for the speedy recovery of the helper injured. 
 
          Along with all this terrible news, an elevator inspector almost became a fatality while doing his job after entering a pit on a LULA. Not one of these “accidents” should have happened. I see no reason to list names or details, they are just “accidents”, so who really cares, we all should! The details will be known to most in time. Why do I put quotes around the word, accident? For two reasons: I hate hearing the word and I personally believe that there are very few actually accidents by definition. To me an accident is when a plane falls on your head, a slim chance of happening at 1 in 400,000,000 or possibly you get hit by a meteorite, odds are 1 in 1,600,000, events which are preventable are not “accidents”. To digress, why no reason to list names and details of the “accidents”? Names will be forgotten and details will fade, we all have such short memories these days, so all will fade away quickly, while the pain and sorry remains in the lives of the survivors forever, such a shame for the people who are forced to remember. How will the rest of us never forget and never fall victim?
 
It is time for all the industry to fix this safety issue, elevator companies, all segments of labor, every elevator trade organization and every individual who works in or around the industry needs to find a way to come together and work to put an end to this carnage. These past few weeks has hit me like a ton of bricks and it shows me and many that we are not doing enough. NAESA will find a way to keep safety of the worker and the rider always foremost, this I promise. Please, let’s work together to put an end to this recurring awful news. Contact me with your ideas and let’s see if we can form a safety council from all segments of the industry as I listed earlier to try and find the golden nugget to stop this insanity. Please contact Bob Shepherd 609-780-5551 if you believe you can help!
         
 
An Accident: 
 
1. an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
 
2. an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause.
 
“An accident, also known as unintentional injury, is an undesirable, incidental, and unplanned event that could have been preventedhad circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. Most scientists who study unintentional injury avoid using the term "accident" and focus on factors that increase risk of severe injury and that reduce injury incidence and severity (Robertson, 2015).”
 
          Seems like nothing is working, the same old is still the same old and people are still getting injured and some are dying, while installing and servicing elevating devices of all designs. Looks like we need to try something new to change the status quo and wake up the masses, let’s poke and awaken the safety listlessness and boredom with an added personal touch of safety caring. Most people are aware in some manner; alcohol anonymous, weight watchers, exercise trainers, educational tutors and the like which often use coaches or sponsors to help people get through the day, night and the hard times. Why not have a safety buddy, a friend, a safety sponsor, someone dedicated to a person to enhance the safety message daily and to be there when things get tough or confusing to help a friend avoid taking a risk. Ok, so I sound crazy, but what is in place now, the safety status quo is not working. If you believe it is working and you are comfortable with a serious accident or fatality happening every couple of months or that some certain amount fatalities are part of the industry, then shame on you! I will never accept a single fatality and I believe no one else ever will! Team up, become safety buddies and help keep a friend alive. Be there for your friend, fellow father, mother, husband, wife, brother or sister. Team up and say hi each morning and remind your safety buddy to work safe and remember who waits for you at the end of the day. You will call a friend to talk about who won that ballgame, so let’s all find a friend to call and talk about safety which is much more important. Please help keep a friend safe and at the same time keep yourself safe!
 
 
Share the below to all, it worked for me when my mind was racing and my anxieties were trying to take over: 
 
Any level of anxiety can cloud your thoughts and may lead to an accident, to you or the public!

Twelve steps for Safety and Life:

  1. If you feel your anxieties taking over, stop what you are doing immediately
  2. Find a safe place and exhale ten deep breaths, inhaling takes care of itself
  3. Never forget your loved ones, call a special person now
  4. Talk about now to yourself and do a hazard assessment of the situation
  5. Focus on "the now", don’t forget the small stuff, it may hurt you
  6. Continually think of your safety and your family and friends waiting for you
  7. Get help as needed, put pride aside, don't let your ego cloud your judgment
  8. When help via telephone is not absolutely needed, turn off your cell phone.
  9. Remove distractions: tell distracting people to go away
  10. Once calm, then and only then start the task after you have mitigated all risk and have a plan in place to proceed safely
  11. Don’t hesitate to start the steps over if anxieties rise again
  12. Recognize when all has failed, get help and support immediately

         
In closing:
          I will be speaking at the Wisconsin Elevator Safety Symposium once more and I will be talking SAFETY, I am just speaking for thirty minutes, so I will talk fast, please be there for safety and me! I can’t wait to see my friends and NAESA members once more. Dates: Wisconsin Symposium, September 28th & 29th
 
          Also with all the speakers, there will be a very informative presentation given at the Wisconsin Symposium given by: Geraldine Burdeshaw of ASME describing the Interpretation/Inquiry process and what a Code Case is and its future use. Don’t miss it, the conversation will be very informative and help with an inspector’s duties. 
 
Let’s continue to work together to help save lives by doing whatever it takes, life is worth the effort! I love you all and I want you all here with me for many years to come! 
 
Thanks for listening and your support, be safe!

 

Sincerely, 
          Bob Shepherd
          “Stay Safety Pinned” 
             609-780-5551   

Elevator Radio Show 469 - Week 05/17/17

Today’s show is a smooth one. Next week is the Elevator Safety Summit and you’ll find the agenda and packet for the event. I’m really looking forward to it and meeting many people whom I’ve never met before.  This is the first type of event of its kind and I have to tip my hat to the man behind the idea for such a conference.  Coming from the field Bob Shepherd understands how important safety is and has put a lot on the line in bringing us all together to talk about and come up with ideas and strategies to prevent accidents from happening.  He’s been promoting this event tirelessly for the last year and I personally admire him for that. I cannot wait for it to start and am honored to be a part of it.

 

Elevator Radio Show 464 - Week 03/29/17

I had a great time interviewing Bob Shepherd last week and will continue to promote and support the Elevator Safety Summit. If it creates another avenue to keep our mechanics safe I’ll support it forever.  On this week’s show the big article had to do with what to do if an escalator malfunctions. I hope that my commentary sums up my disappointment in the reporters spin on it.  I can honestly tell you how little faith I have in the general media and their inability to do the right thing in how they create safety pieces like this.

Hey on the good side it’s our prize pack giveaway. Meaning one of you lucky listeners is going to walk away with a $100 Visa gift card and some cool goodies donated by the following companies.

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, GAL, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,  ElevatorU.org, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, Parts Specialists Inc, Elevatormanstories.com, CodeDataPlate.com, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

Elevator Radio Show 463 - Week 03/22/17

On the show today I share an interview I had with Bob Shepherd I recorded last night.  Bob is the Executive Director of NAESA International and man dedicated putting together an event that focuses solely on safety within our industry.  The selfless idea and promotion behind the event may be difficult for some to understand but the goal should not after reading Bob's letter and listening to the interview. Since I have family that works in the field I want to make sure they come home to their loved ones each and every day.  I encourage you to support the Elevator Safety Summit by attending and/or sending with a donation to show that you too care about safety in our industry. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and it’s not impossible to imagine the future without any accidents.  Please take a moment to read Bob’s article, listen to the show and I promise it will provide you with a pretty good idea what this event is all about.  

Event Details - Elevator Industry Safety Summit -| May 21-23 – Phoenix, AZ

Stand with me for Safety! – Bob Shepherd

150 plus more for Safety, will you help me?
 
         I am not writing about elevator codes, government agencies or elevator gadgets, this time it is all about safety as it should be! 
 
         Well, here we are just two months away from the start of the first ever Elevator Industry Safety Summit, which will be held in Phoenix on Sunday evening May 21st. Nowhere in the world has an elevator industry event ever been entirely focused on safety, with people from all aspects of the industry coming together for a sole safety goal, to just save lives!  Most people know by now from my writings and my many conversations with my friends over the years, that I put my heart out there on my sleeve totally exposed, I hide nothing and always share my thoughts honestly. 
 
         So, here’s my heart: I need your help! Although we have many registered for the Safety Summit to which I thank them all, we need far more to get a more diverse collection of elevator industry people and to help pay the bills. When I started this initiative, and brought it to the NAESA board, I had just completed a feasibility study to see what support having a Safety Summit would garner from the elevator industry, the support at that time was tremendous from all I spoke with. I could have filled Yankee Stadium and Fort Knox with the promises of support at that time months ago, well here we are today and I need that same energy and support at this moment to make the Safety Summit a greater success, I need you all standing beside me in Phoenix.  I thank each of you who have registered already and the people who have promised to register, but I need that support now and much more of it. As I stated in a previous writing of mine, the only poker NAESA has in the fire or stake in this safety game is the NAESA vision to promote safety, as NAESA always does. NAESA does not have NAESA employees working in high risk environments, but our membership and many others do. NAESA saw a need and is trying to help. 
 
         NAESA saw a need to unify the elevator industry on safety and NAESA and many others recognized that a united effort was needed to create a uniform list of Fatality Prevention Processes (Safety Absolutes) which could be applied throughout the industry and then followed by all. 
        
         At this moment and being 100% honest, NAESA stands to lose monetarily, because proceeds may not cover the cost of this event. Of course, NAESA will if needed pay the short-coming proudly if it helps save one life, but I would be much happier and less anxious if NAESA, being a non-profit, didn’t have to pay this remaining contractual burden alone.  I guess with hindsight being 20/20, NAESA should have made it a trade show, we could have filled the place and had the venue bursting at the seams. For the life of me, I can’t understand why the same can’t be said for a 100% safety event? Safety should always be the main show, not the side show!
 
         Please help me, yes, I am the person with my heart on my sleeve and this Safety Summit was my dream together with Bob Caporale Sr, all in the name of saving a life! Bob knew this Safety Summit was going to happen and that is was being dedicated to his pursuit of elevator safety for all. 
 
         I have heard from some that I write too much personal stuff, well to me there is nothing more personal than safety. I am not a marketing or sales expert, I am just an old guy, who started as a coffee boy many years ago, who speaks and writes from the heart and one who will never give up on safety until the day I die. Then after that, I hope many others will keep Bob Caporale’s and my dream alive, going and growing. What more can I say? Please help me to save lives! 
 
         Below is a list of sponsors, in no special order for the Safety Summit to date, but they are all truly special to the industry and the safety cause, I, NAESA and the industry thank them all from my heart: 

GAL Canada – Steve Husband and the GAL Canada Team
TEI Elevator - New York City
Schindler Elevator – Vince Ribibero and all the Schindler team
MHT Codes & Consulting Specialists - Marc Tevyaw
GAL – Doug Witham, Steve Orts and all the GAL team
Davis L Turner & Associates - Dave Turner
Elevator Safety & Technical Services - Lee Rigby and team
Otis Elevator North and South America
Otis Elevator World Wide Engineering
ECNY – Elevator Conference of New York
Motion Control Engineering, Inc. - Ashur Kanon, Debbie Prince and team
KONE Elevator
Brugg Lifting, LLC – Martin Rhiner and team
OMEGA Industries – Greg DeCola and team
NAESA Canadian Region – Marc Tevyaw, region team and the members
CJ Anderson – Tom Sybert and team
Elevator Radio Show – Tom Sybert
EIWPF – Elevator Industry Work Preservation Fund
QEITF – Qualified Elevator Inspector Training Fund
IUEC – International Union of Elevator Constructors
Code Data Plate - John Rearick and team
Delaware Elevator – David Smarte and team
Vator Accessories, Inc. – Lisa Grimes and team
Coaker & Company, P.C. - Jim Coaker
EHC - Escalator Handrail Canada - Patrick Bothwell and team
JSG Elevator Consultants - Michael Fagan, Frank Fletcher and team
 
Above is a great group to build on!
Forgive me it I missed a name, you will all be listed in the event program and on banners at the venue.
 
Let’s work together to help save lives by doing whatever it takes, life is worth the effort! I love you all! 
 
Thanks for listening and your support, be safe!

In the Public Interest!
Sincerely, Bob Shepherd
609.780.5551
“Stay Safety Pinned”

If we don’t try and without the help of all, it will never end! Please Help!

**Reposted with Permission From Bob Shepherd - Executive Director NAESA International**

In memory of Robert Caporale and his dedication to elevator safety.       The Elevator Industry Safety Summit  Phoenix, AZ May 21-23, 2017

In memory of Robert Caporale and his dedication to elevator safety.  

The Elevator Industry Safety Summit
Phoenix, AZ
May 21-23, 2017

A few words from a wife and mother and my thoughts:
 
I just read today about a man who was very gentle, at times too gentle and showed consideration for all. I read he was a great supporter of family, loved his two children and even though his work was busy, he always found time to spend with his children. He would often take them to zoos and aquariums, where his children would always find joy and excitement. Watching his children, he would always smile and be happy. I also read that he was a great father.
 
He passed in December of 2016 and now is gone forever. This is a quote from a letter his wife wrote after the accident, who I will keep anonymous for her privacy:
 

“His happiness was the happiness of his family, and I am sure he intended to protect us always. I am still unable to fully come to terms with our sudden parting. Even now he must be worried about the family he left behind. Now I pray only that he be free of concern and simply watch after our lives from above.”

This husband, father and mechanic was 32 years of age.

Excerpt from a recent email from a good friend and elevator consultant to me below:
 
“It is with a heavy heart and tears rolling down my face that I am compelled to inform you of another elevator man dying a preventable death. Earlier today, a technician was killed in a hoistway. I do not know exactly how the entire scene unfolded, but I know it was preventable!
 
It was only a couple of months ago, I shared my personal story with him while encouraging him to 'work safe'.  Chances are just that, chances!!
 
I saw him only yesterday while taking my mother to the doctor.  He inquired about my mother's condition (after a recent accident).  After a short conversation, I left him as I normally would, "be safe".  Had I only known-such a loss.
 
Please continue your vigilant efforts to ensure everyone is 'safety pinned'.”
Regards,
 
 
Please read on: we all need to help stop the above words from being said!
           
All too frequently we read of a serious accident or fatality in the elevator industry which shocks the industry, but as when you see an automobile accident, you slow down for a few miles and tend to drive safer, but shortly after when the memory fades and other distractions occupy your mind, you accelerate that vehicle and start taking risks once more. The same happens in the elevator industry, people have a heightened awareness of safety after bad news hits the wire, but soon after laziness and the superman attitude takes over once more and risks are taken again. How do we keep safety awareness heightened and our workers safe and alive.

These two good men, great fathers and husbands in these sad stories above are now missed and will always be missed and never forgotten. These two fatalities have changed both families for the worse and their lives will never be the same from now and forever. We the industry all need to help now and forever.
 
The Elevator Industry Safety Summit is something I wanted to make happen for years, but never had the forum to do so, but now I do and with the help of the entire industry, just maybe we can find that golden nugget which will hopefully end the occurrence of severe accidents and fatalities forever, for certain what we are doing now is not working.
 
This is not a NAESA International event alone, it is an Elevator Industry wide event, except that I started the ball rolling and used NAESA International as the vehicle to possibly help save a life and some pain. I and NAESA have made an investment of our resources and finances, even though employees of NAESA will never be put at risk of an elevator accident in the workplace. NAESA believes that with the entire Elevator Industry working together as partners we can start to improve worker and rider safety for all. NAESA has taken a huge financial risk in hopes of pulling the industry together, please don’t let my dream and Bob Caporale’s dream fade. We need to all focus on safety together in hopes of possibly identifying, what we all have been missing for years and why we are still experiencing major accidents and fatalities to the elevator worker and at times to the riding public. 
 
So, in closing: without all the Elevator Industry’s support, financially and by attending, we will all fail and then our first and maybe only chance to bring and bond this industry together as a family may slip away. This type of safety event has never happened before, where so many people have decided to put all aside and work together for the common good and the united goal of safety, but we still need many more involved by attending and offering financial support.

Cutoff date for Hotel Reservation under the room block is April 21st.
See attached flier by clicking here.
 
Please help by attending and also by financially supporting the Elevator Industry Safety Summit through a sponsorship offering, and please find it in your hearts to support the Elevator Safety Summit financially, even if you find it impossible to attend. Your thoughtful sponsorship will be placed on banners at the event and placed in the Safety Summit event program. As I stated earlier, NAESA has no real stake in the game or iron in the fire, but we have a heart which wants to help make this elevator world safer by working in: “The Public Interest”.
 
Please call me: Bob Shepherd Executive Director of NAESA International, I will be more than glad to let you know where my heart is about safety. I love each and every person out there in the elevator world and I cry each time I hear that my elevator family is grieving.
 
Our elevator family needs your help!
Please call me, I would love to share my thoughts with you on where we are with the summit!
Sincerely, Bob Shepherd 609.780.5551

"Stay Safety Pinned" 

Elevator Radio Show 461 - Week 03/08/17

Leading this week’s show is a story of horrific proportion. Please support the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation www.eesf.org and their mission through their online and printed educational programs for kids.  In the last two weeks there have been accidents involving two children that most likely could have been prevented if both children and parents were aware of how to ride escalators safely. It’s not a feel good show today on any level.

 

Elevator Radio Show 459 - Week 02/22/17

I’m back from the EESF Annual Meeting and wanted to thank everyone for attending. It was productive and I’m proud to be a part of the transition team in where the foundation is heading. A terrible accident occurred on my way home Friday morning in Florida.  During an incident where passengers were being assisted in getting out of a stalled elevator a mechanic was killed when he fell down the elevator shaft.  It’s one more reason why you should be supporting the Elevator Safety Summit which will be held in May.

This is our prize pack giveaway show so stay tuned to the end to see if you are the winner. We’re giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card along with some cool goodies donated by the following companies.  

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, GAL, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,  ElevatorU.org, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, Parts Specialists Inc, Elevatormanstories.com, CodeDataPlate.com, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

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 www.eesf.org today!

Elevator Radio Show 456 - Week 01/25/17

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Today we have accidents galore and some pretty unique articles that I’m pretty confident you’ll have yourself scratching your head saying hmmm. It’s a wet and raining morning here in Chicago, a good day to work or stay in bed if you’re able. Share the show with friends, listen for the end to see if you’ve won the prize pack and most important be safe.

This is our prize pack giveaway show so stay tuned to the end to see if you are the winner. We’re giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card along with some cool goodies donated by the following companies.  

C.J. Anderson & Company, Colley Elevator Company, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, GAL, Truxes, EMS Group, Elevator Bob’s Elevator Pictures, Minnesota Elevator,  ElevatorU.org, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists, Elevatormanstories.com, CodeDataPlate.com, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

Elevator Radio Show 444 - Week 10/19/16

Take a week off and it seems all hell breaks loose on the elevator news front. The accident in NY is unimaginable, something in a million years I would never imagine happening in the United States. I’m sure you’ll agree as well. The next article is just as bad so brace yourself if you decide to watch the video.  I want to thank all of you for your speedy recovery wishes from my surgery last week. I’m doing well, back to work, doing what I love but am just tired. I’m pretty much done by the time 3 pm rolls around each day.  Your thoughts, prayers, emails were over the top so thank you. I’m sorry if I didn’t respond to your emails but there were so many of them.  Finally please keep Glenn and Sharon Duncan in your thoughts and prayers as Glenn is donating his kidney to her. The procedure is set for Monday October 24th. To see what they will be going through click on the video link.

Elevator Radio Show 429 - Week 05/18/16

Tomorrow is the 2nd Annual CEA Scholarship Fundraiser and I’m looking forward to it.  It’s nice to support a great cause like this and give back to the elevator industry.  To those of you attending the Pop Joe Golf Outing tomorrow have a great time. Honoring Doug Witham is pretty cool and I can’t think of a better honorary than him.  The theme for today’s show is safety. With companies being fined for safety violations make sure your safety program is being implemented and documented.

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #400 - Week 06/03/15

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A much lighter show then last week as our industry mourned the death of two mechanics that lost their lives while working in the field. No matter how many times we talk about it, safety can never be over covered. Take time out to talk and cover toolbox safety meetings. I know we all get busy but at the end of the day knowing that a coworker or employee is never going to go home to their family should be enough for everyone to prioritize safety each and every day so that we never have another accident in the future. News/Article Links: 2015 Field Employees Safety Handbook Order Today! Elevator Industry Jobsite Safety Website Man falls down elevator shaft in SFO A little more on last week’s accident in Bloomington Also on the accident in NY Japan looking at installing toilets in elevators Flooding left apartments without water or elevators Stone India to set up escalator plant Elevator Stalls in Washington Monument Patrick Duffy thanks many who helped him after escalator fall Chicago Elevator Association Golf Outing Sign Up – 8/7/15 In Memoriam: Clarence “Pete” Fox Mining Equipment and Elevators in China? Berlin tackles paternosters Hyundai Elevator installs two double-deck elevators Elevator involved in deadly accident showed no malfunction May Vieew Newsletter Released Next Wednesday CEA Chicago Cruise EW Photo Contest Judging Open

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #365 - Week 05/07/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-05-07 #365 I have some serious articles on the program today which should be shared with your customers, friends and coworkers, especially if you have kids or they do. No matter how you do it spread the message about safely riding elevators, escalators and moving walks, it’s never enough. I hope you enjoy the show today. Good to be back!

Special thanks to the companies who have donated goodies to the prize pack giveaway! C.J. Anderson & Company, The National Association of Elevator Contractors, The National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities, The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, Peelle, GAL, 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, CodeDataPlate.com, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing New/Article Links: Friends, family mourn loss of boy killed in elevator Elevator U Agenda Released Shopping Center Evacuated after smoke Doors open for elevator company Elevator relay obstruction EESF Chicago cruise right around the corner Let the fun begin Hopes of fixing museum’s elevator rising CEA May Meeting Recap Talk about going above and beyond Elevator Museum Virtual Tour Bill would set up state elevator inspection system Legislature fights elevator inspections IAEC Denver Recap Boy’s hand trapped in escalator Woman suffocates in stalled lift Dieselducy in the news again The rest of the elevator story Two killed in elevator crash in China Toddler injured in mall mishap 2 Injured in elevator accident in Manhattan building Who invented the Elevator? TE Connectivity and Schindler Broken elevator sends jail into lockdown Be careful what floor and door you try to get into NYFD Revises elevator use in emergency