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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 522 – Week 2/20/2019

Visit  www.safetyriders.org  or  www.eesf.org  to learn more about elevator and escalator safety.

Visit www.safetyriders.org or www.eesf.org to learn more about elevator and escalator safety.

Thank you to everyone who shared the .pdf report last week. I received many emails, texts and phone calls regarding the show and while I do not think I did it justice I truly hope some of the information I shared sinks in with any one and every one who reads it. Most importantly share it with your coworkers, talk about the statistics, how can some of those accidents or fatalities be reduced? Each of us has a part in the work we do and ensuring those around us are safe and it doesn’t take much for it all to go south. Continue to talk about the report and never let it die. Lastly, no matter what you ever think you’re not alone when it comes to promoting safety but it sure feels good when you find someone else who shares the same concerns you do.

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 – 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 509 – Week 7/25/2018

Visit www.eesf.org 

Visit www.eesf.org 

Riding escalators is safe, as long as you ride them the correct way.  The fine print is as follows for all the ambulance chasing attorneys out looking to purchase their next vacation home on the cape with a settlement relating to our industry,  I have no idea what the specifics are from any of the accidents shared in today’s show.  However based on my knowledge as a father and my job to keep my kids safe the information shared in those articles leads me to believe that in both cases the escalators were not being ridden safely.  Hands should be on the hand rails, feet should be away from the sides of an escalator.  As parents it’s our job to protect and teach our children the best way to survive in the world. If there was any money in suing parents for negligence I’m certain you’d see a huge new field of attorneys pursuing it.   

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 505 – Week 5/23/2018

This is a picture of my great uncle, Loren Jerome Gregory, aged 16 years, in Manila in October 1941. Six months later he would be walking in the Bataan Death March in April 1942, turning 17 years old that May, dying in a Japanese camp in August 1942. 

This is a picture of my great uncle, Loren Jerome Gregory, aged 16 years, in Manila in October 1941. Six months later he would be walking in the Bataan Death March in April 1942, turning 17 years old that May, dying in a Japanese camp in August 1942. 

First and foremost make sure on Monday, while spending time with family, you take the opportunity to share and talk about your family members and friends who died while serving our country.  Neither we nor generations to come can forget the ultimate sacrifice they gave by serving. They are the reason why we enjoy the freedoms we have today.

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 503 – Week 5/2/2018

BART's approach to keeping elevators drug and urine free with elevator attendants might just be what is needed to prevent both from happening. 

BART's approach to keeping elevators drug and urine free with elevator attendants might just be what is needed to prevent both from happening. 

Today’s show leads with what I think is a pretty good idea as it relates to the issues of elevators being used as bathrooms in Transit Systems in large metropolitan cities.  While the pilot program will prove whether it’s effective or not I give BART a lot of credit for giving it a try. The show is short and sweet today.

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 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 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.

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

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

Elevator Radio Show 495 – Week 2/14/2018

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  It’s an action packed show today with lots to cover.  Next week I’ll be in Tampa attending the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Annual General Meeting. I’m looking forward to it and sharing the progress the EESF has been making.  I’ve been lucky to have had my turn helping guide the foundation along and look forward to supporting it in the future.  I return early Wednesday so there will be no show next week. 

 

Elevator Radio Show 492 – Week 1/10/2018

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This New Year has started off tragically when an elevator mechanic was found dead on top of an elevator in Texas.  Details are still not complete yet and I will share them as they become available. As much as we talk about safety we need to press on and continue to promote it so that there are zero accidents and zero fatalities. The work that’s done in our industry is dangerous and not worth the pay grade many mechanics make if they don’t make it home to their family each night.  Do your part to press safety. Make it become the first thing you think about getting out of bed each morning.

Elevator Radio Show 490 - Week 12/20/2017

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Happy Holidays to you and your family. As we finish up 2017 I wish you nothing less than a prosperous and safe 2018.  There are good articles on the show today which is being hosted by one of my favorite people, Santa Claus.  I’m doing my part to lighten the mood during what I consider one of the most stressful times of the year for many. Do your best to not let that stress follow you to work, I know that can seem impossible at times but keep in mind distractions can lead to serious accidents.  Do what you can to de-stress when you feel it building beyond what you can handle.

Elevator Radio Show 488 – Week 11/29/2017

Visit www.eesf.org to find out how to ride escalators safely. 

Visit www.eesf.org to find out how to ride escalators safely. 

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. For me it was really nice but busy.  By the time Monday rolled around I was pretty tired and look forward to this weekend for a little rest. I was hoping there wouldn’t be a whole lot to cover on today’s show but unfortunately there were more stories to cover that were important enough to share so here we are.

Last Show Of The Month – Prize Pack Giveaway – Thanks To The Following Sponsors Of This

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 487 – Week 11/22/2017

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Some of you listen each and every week, some simply visit the website to view the content online and others take a moment to send an email or tell me in person that they give me credit for doing what I do.  Today I give you all thanks for being part of my “elevator” family.  I can think of no other profession I’d rather be doing or industry I’d rather be part of.  I’m grateful for the wonderful friendships I’ve been lucky enough to have made over the years and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.  So thank you for being a part of this awesome ride. Safe travels to all who are heading away from home for Thanksgiving.  We all have so much to be thankful for that one day is not enough to remember this.

Elevator Radio Show 486 – Week 11/15/2017

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This week’s show proves that when stalled in an elevator its best not to take your frustration out on the elevator itself or you’re going to have a big bill to pay. Also an elevator technician in Canada shares the myths of movies and does a pretty good job. One week until my favorite holidays is fast approaching; almost time to give thanks for our friends, family and this industry.