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EESF promotes public safety and prevents accidents by educating the public on the proper use of elevators and escalators. Here's a look at our recently re-branded campaigns. Visit our website.

Safe-T-Riders Online Campaign

EESF’s, "Safe-T-Rider," campaign runs a 60 second online video on key children’s YouTube channels. It has reached more than 1.5 million children ages 4-11.

The video has been shown in over 98 markets across the U.S. and Canada with the highest percentage of views in major cities including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Dallas, and Atlanta. The program also includes a 4-minute education video to view online or use in various settings.

Safe-T-Riders Website


Rise Up Safe Riders

Our, "Rise Up Safe Riders," program is designed to reach young adults.  

Colleges and universities can download posters, brochures, planning guides, and audio public service announcements for their use. 

 In 2018, EESF had 1,365 page views—an increase of 25% from 2017.

 Rise Up Safe Riders

Safe-T-Riders Print Campaign

Educators can request learning packets which include an activity page, a certificate and sticker. These items can also be downloaded for those who don’t want to wait for the packets to be sent. 

 In the last year, over 6,000 packets have been mailed. To request materials, contact Laurie at laurie@eesf.org


A Safe Ride Seniors

This program is perfect for anyone who has a loved one who's older and may not be stable on his or her own feet. It's also an excellent tool for senior care, assisted living and rehabilitation facilities where elevators may be located.

 

Interested facilities and individuals can download our 16-page workbook. In 2018, our website views increased by 39%.

 Download the workbook.


EESF's Future Plans

EESF is embracing a new future. With your help, we hope to expand our activities. This includes: 

  • Finding creative ways to effectively incorporate our safety messages and programs into school curriculum in order to reach more children in the classroom.

  • Creating awareness about our programs among educators, care-givers and others by exhibiting at more conventions and meetings where these professionals gather.

  • Developing campaigns specifically targeted at parents and caregivers to carry our safety message directly to them.

  • Taking our message to malls, airports and stadiums to help more riders understand elevator escalator safety at the point where they interact with our transportation.

  • Accessing assisted living facilities, retirement communities, etc. to better reach seniors with our, "A Safe Ride,” program.

  • Increasing media relations—both with the press and social media outlets.

Please Help!

The EESF is 100% funded by your generous donations. To donate, please use the button or visit our website.  (All donations are tax deductible.)

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 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 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 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 458 - Week 02/8/17

http://www.eesf.org/home-elevator-safety

http://www.eesf.org/home-elevator-safety

I wish I never had to cover another story again that involved a child being killed by a home elevator.  If you have a home elevator please click here for information on how to help ensure that it’s safe.  As a parent I can’t imagine living through anything like this and our hearts and prayers go out to the family. Next week The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation meets in Mobile, AL for their Annual General Meeting and as a board hope to do everything possible to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future. No show next week as I’ll be attending the meeting.

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 443 - Week 10/5/16

I had a great time attending and presenting at the NAESA Central Regional workshop last Friday in Iowa. I’ve got to say that the talent that attends these sessions is pretty amazing and it humbles me each time I have these types of opportunities to present.   What also was cool was how far people traveled to get their QEI credits.  Thanks for the opportunity NAESA for allowing me share some of my knowledge with the group. Next week is the Wisconsin Elevator Symposium which I’m also looking forward to attending.  For those of you in Florida as well as the Bahamas or anywhere else Hurricane Matthew is headed we’re thinking about you. Looks like the path it’s going to be taking is going to do some serious damage. Be careful out there. 

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #387 - Week 01/21/15 - Sorry No Show

escalatorAll ready to go and what I thought I had fixed last week is not this morning as I started to record the show and nothing was recorded. It has to do with the Windows update that they are so great at pushing to all their computers in the middle of the night and my mixing board. I'll spend more time this week to get it figured out and apologize that there's no show today. I again share the show notes and will talk more about them next week. In addition to re-posting the accident link in last week’s show in Indiana a small child was hurt when he went over the side of an escalator. Support the mission of the EESF.org, at this point it's our best chance of getting the word out to parents about how elevators and escalators are not toys or amusement rides and how to ride them safely. News/Article Links: Mechanic killed in elevator accident Child in serious condition after fall from store escalator NEII® Regulatory and Legislative Agenda – The Insider CEA Meeting Feb 5th As elevator woes continue woman lifted to 3rd floor court room Smoking elevator equipment sets off fire alarms Otis Lifts Spain’s Elevator market Register for the NAEC Spring Conference Register for the EESF AGM Pretty cool VW Factory 2 teen girls seen trying to mug Brooklyn woman in elevator MEI/H&H Maxton Training Program What does the Elevator Chief do? Elevator Panel stolen from Russell Hall Elevator accident takes place at Bulgaria capital Escalator racing? Mitsubishi to expand development Kennedy couple returns to downtown hotel after 48 years Introducing the Elevator Geek MLK: Elevator Segregation

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #378 - Week 11/5/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #378 - Week 11/5/14 20930It’s November everyone and that means it’s the month we celebrate Thanksgiving as well as National Elevator Escalator Safety week which is next week. Download the information packets from the EESF, partake in the workplace campaign and spread the word about safety. Also Chicago was in the news this past week after it was discovered how much money was being lost because of elevators that were not inspected. Here’s an idea, perhaps adding more inspectors and raising inspection fees and investing in some software to make it easier for the inspectors might be the answer.

News/Article Links: Majority of required elevator inspections not done in Chicago Software to make the paperwork side of inspections makes life easier Disabled man falls to death at NY mall on escalator Batavia Downs adds escalators One day in an elevator with the President Minton elevator still damaged after flood Guard fired after Obama visit 25 face trial over Turkey elevator death EESF Launches Program Rebranding Campaign Escalator breakdowns add to SkyTrain woes Oh boy, elevator inspection I-Team Investigative Report Call for papers for the Lift Symposium Escalator accident cause of death found, scarf

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #358 - Week 02/26/14

Click Here to download ERS-2014-02-26 #358 ers-pJust checking out the news this morning there’s a lot to cover. It’s good to be back behind the microphone again. Had a great time in icy Atlanta for the EESF AGM two weeks ago and it was nice to see those that made it in. I know for most of us getting home was the big concern. I’ll recap the meeting provide some highlights of it and cover two weeks’ worth of news which may not be current but it’s still news. As always, thanks for joining me today!   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   News/Article Links: CEA Meeting March 6th IAEC Forum Registration site open NAEC Educational website opens ERRC – EESF AGM Recap The worst performing Metro escalators Space elevators are totally possible Safe and Efficient Cosmic Travel Elevator repairman’s body found in elevator shaft Investigation continues Accident at hospital construction site kills 11 Bangkok More on above Camera’s catch fraudulent claims Original bear mural hidden in elevator shaft Escalator step plates stolen in India MARTA reveals neat facts about elevators and escalators Worker killed in elevator shaft fall in cement plant Elevator mod rip out part 2 4 Year Old Boy’s head gets stuck in escalator Toddler and escalator accident LES Subway station escalator stops working hours after debut Murray Morgan bridge elevator still inoperative URGENT NOTIFICATION: Residential Elevators Elevator companies help grant teens wish Boy dies in accident on mall escalator Old Otis factory building to be used London’s Escalator Safety Cool article on Sedgwick Machine works Second Jury doubles original $4M award

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #341 - Week 07/31/2013

Click Here to download ERS-2013-07-31 #341 TableInEcsalatorIs it me or did July just wiz by? Hard to believe we’re heading into August which means my kids are dreading the first day of school in 20 short days. There are more than a few good article links on the show today, absolutely worthy of sharing. Today I’ll be giving away a prize pack give-away at the end of the show so stay tuned and you might just be the winner. Remember no purchase required to play all you need to do is sign up for the e-newsletter and know that you’ll get one email a week from me.  Seems like an escalator themed show today so enjoy it.

 

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

  News/Article Links: Florida Woman crushed by homemade elevator Schumacher Elevator acquires Bucher inventory Settlement reached in elevator death – San Antonio Girl seriously hurt after fall over escalator Elevator & Escalator Accident Reconstruction 3rd Edition National talk in an elevator day? CJA MC Controller Vintage Brochure Grise Hall Elevator closed for fall semester Police see man who robbed Senior in elevator 8 Sitcoms that did the “Baby born on elevator” thing Vintage Traction elevator video Seniors stuck because of broken elevator I can only guess which country this photo was taken EW: Unplugged Escalator Advertising Tacoma’s Holiday Inn Express Elevator not working Alcohol Safety Campaign: Escalators + Alcohol Don’t Mix Best elevator in my world UFC: Jones held hostage in elevator Woman who claims elevator door closed on her sues Man falls off escalator lies unattended for 45 mins Ultimate escalator fail compilation

Escalator Accidents - CBS 2 News Chicago – Misses By A Mile!

After learning about the serious accident that occurred at Midway Airport involving a child and a shoe entrapment I was interested in the news piece that Jay Levine, CBS Channel 2, had prepared for the March 4th, ten o’clock newscast. http://cbs2chicago.com/local/escalator.kid.anthony.2.1518186.html 

Being a vertical transportation geek, and yes we do exist, I was interested in watching the episode even knowing that any time elevators and escalators are in the news it typically involves an accident. After watching the segment I came to one conclusion, Jay Levine you totally missed a key opportunity to promote elevator and escalator safety. Even after getting advice from one of our great industry experts, Dick Gregory.

I would like to preface the rest of my information by saying that I don’t have the details of this accident nor am I an expert on escalators design or construction. However, I am a parent who rides escalators with his children and quite often need to remind them to not drag there feet along the side of the escalator or try to clean there shoe with the escalator brushes. The escalator signage is not complicated nor is it difficult to understand.

Keep your away from the sides means keep your feet away from the sides! If you keep your feet away from the sides of the escalator they have little chance of getting entrapped by the sides, regardless of if brushes are installed, escalators are maintained properly.

It would have nice had you spent more time trying to educate the audience about the safe and proper use of elevators and escalators. Promote the Elevator Escalator Safety foundation at www.eesf.org and helping in educating parents and kids that when we take the proper safety steps to ride them.

CBS2 News, please consider doing a segment on elevator and escalator safety. Help prevent accidents like this from happening in the future! Here are two great programs that should be watched online.

http://www.safetrider.org/

http://www.asaferide.org/

P.S. Channel 2 reported on the escalator accident that happened at Union Station in Chicago; however Jay Levine failed to tie the two together. In that accident a child’s hand got caught and the child was injured. Why didn’t you cover this one too? Help the public support the www.eesf.org