Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #393 - Week 03/18/15


After some awesome sunny weather here in Chicago the dirty snow piles are gone which is cause for celebration. Now all we need is for the warmer temperatures to stay for good and we might actually be able to enjoy the season of Spring. There's another another over the side escalator accident that occurred after a concert in Houston which has me wondering if we can teach people how not to do stupid things or if this is Darwinism in action and we’re weeding out those that should not be walking the earth with us.

  News/Article Links: Heat’s costly escape through elevator shafts Study on above from Urban Green Council NEII® The Insider: Changing views on the role of the elevator… The continuing issue of improper escalator use and viral videos Do not take your motorized vehicle on an escalator Hire non elevator people to do a job and welcome a lawsuit World’s largest spiral escalator Health Services elevator stalls with staff member Broken elevators force residents out of low-income apartment How long does it take to ride the elevator Rodeo fan falls from escalator after concert View: Raise mall railings, save lives MasterCard Courts Startups in the elevator Elevator shaft not in building debunked State inspections find hazards in hospital elevators

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #392 - Week 03/11/15

It's great to be back after traveling last week to sunny warm Tampa for the EESF Annual General Meeting. I’m not sure what it is about heading to industry events like these but it’s exactly what I needed to get out of the day to day rut I didn’t realize I was in. I felt recharged when I got back with a new perspective on work, family and doing my part to give back to the industry that’s given me so much. I’ll recap more on the program today. I encourage you to give back to the industry by considering a donation to help the foundation meet it's goal quicker with the new program development. News/Article Links: EW CET Program Approved by Illinois Riding escalators improperly leads to trouble Ottawa senior’s legs amputated after crushed by elevator Elevator of shame hmmm Largest boat/vessel lift Sand suspected in elevator entrapment EESF AGM Recap ERRC EESF Recap with Photos The roller coaster of escalators at WMATA More on above Newark’s Four Corners Millennium project Woman dies from head injuries after getting stuck in elevator doors Interesting correlation Harry Potter Elevators BART opens escalator canopy Shut down escalators back in service after accident Bill calls for State Licensing for workers who maintain elevators Dieselducy: Freight Elevator Mod VT Fixing broken Penn Station Escalator will take weeks Honduras Elevator accident injures soccer team Wheelchair user suing Irish Rail after fall on escalator Man loses pant in escalator mishap

No Show 3/4/2015

erscaptI just got back to work after attending the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundations Annual General Meeting in Tampa and wanted to thank everyone who attended. Now it's time to get caught up at work. There were some excellent ideas and input shared and I'm excited for the foundation and the future plans for the new program development.  I'll provide a recap on next weeks show.

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #391 - Week 02/25/15

ersprIt’s the last week in February which means we’re giving away $100 cold hard cash, or at least in the form of a Visa Gift card which is almost as good as the real thing. As well we have our box filled with goodies! With this month being one of the coldest and snow filled on record for awhile let’s cross our fingers that March will be warmer and melts some of it. Next week I’ll be traveling to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Annual Meeting in Tampa. I’ll try to put the show out but what I’ve learned in the past is that between traveling, meetings and the end get together at the end I’m pretty tired each morning. I’ll put a post up if I have the energy to crank one out. 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,,,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, The Elevator Preservation Blog, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists,,, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing

News/Article Links: The magic and mystery of elevators in MN Fire prompts evacuation, rescue of people in elevator Construction worker falls down shaft in Istanbul Courthouse Elevator issues The most important (and New) Rule First new escalator delivered to Bethesda Metro Escalator Trends and New Technologies TEI Group heads to LIC Athletes help with escalator shutdown EW Unplugged: Escalator Puzzle 4 Year old falls from mall escalator Dubai State looks to protect escalator inspection funding Should we give up on the dream of space elevators? A week in California – Doug at GAL Ignoring escalator warnings causes injuries Elevator repair costs for NYC skyrocket after court settlement No strollers on escalators for this very reason! EW Photo Contest Announced Little girl and mom get hands caught in escalator The man behind the closing doors. EW Unplugged Next CEA Meeting: March 7th And the lawyers get an even bigger piece of the pie

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #390 - Week 02/11/15

ersbst It’s hard to believe that the show is approaching show number 400. In some ways it feels like it was just yesterday when we started this ride and in others it feels a lot longer. Perhaps it’s the lack of sleep that I’ve been getting every Wednesday.  The lead story for this week’s program is the verdict in which an elevator mechanic was found guilty of felony assault in a woman’s injuries. I believe it’s the second time that I’m aware of that a mechanic has been charged with this. And Boston, hang in there, the snow will melt by June! News/Article Links: Elevator mechanic found guilt in Brooklyn woman’s injuries Timeout Jumper might have helped prevent this News channel 3 continues investigating elevator inspectors Cities, states should install/implement pQEI EW Unplugged: What would you do Another problem for the Bay Bridge Span Pizza delivery man caught peeing in elevator Building Demo leaves elevator shaft standing Hospital robot is saving lives Railway station to get escalator in India Elevator project gets underway Hydraulic elevator heat related leveling issue China builds escalators for wealthy people MESA February meeting canceled due to snow Get your MESA Membership dues in Clybourn Red Line stop escalator Elevator water damaged board Otis Elevator bets big on India This week’s Archer has broken elevator leading to bonding Schindler ready for lift off

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #389 - Week 02/04/15

erschsnwWell as last week the east coast was slammed with snow we here in the Midwest were as well on Sunday, in fact it was a full out blizzard. And not the kind you get for dessert at Dairy Queen.  The storm didn’t drop as much snow as it did in Boston but still enough to make most of us pretty darn tired from trying to keep up with it as it fell.  With more snow in the forecast I’m looking forward to an early spring. News/Article Links: EESF Launches New Website EW Unplugged: Bicycle Powered Elevator CEA Meeting Feb 5th EESF – Conduct a Workplace Campaign Elevator and Water damage Seoul Metro ordered to compensate man who lost toes EURO-LIFT Poland Recap Workers punished after curbing non-union elevator shop OSHA to investigate after worker crushed by construction lift Construction worker killed after falling down shaft NY State elevator inspector suspected of golfing on the job charged Woman injured in fall from escalator EX CEO filmed kicking a dog in elevator charged with cruelty

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #388 - Week 01/28/15

Audio Download Link: Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #388 - Week 01/28/15 ers-by20152As I was driving in this morning to do the show the news reported that worst of Juno is over but the snow and flooding that it brought is significant. For those of you in those areas impacted I imagine you’re staying home today and maybe tomorrow so relax.  Take your time shoveling/snow blowing and try not to get to upset about what you cannot control.  Try to enjoy it if you can, help a neighbor out and take it slow. Remember that the snow will be gone by June which is only five months away, I promise. News/Article Links: Mechanic killed in elevator accident OMG on this Video!!!!! Child in serious condition after fall from store escalator NEII® Regulatory and Legislative Agenda – The Insider CEA Meeting Feb 5th Study Finds Global Opportunities for greater elevator eff. Sneak some exercise at work Man arrested after assaulting another in an elevator Black hole, space elevator, saving humanity? Which tower dwellers log the most ‘elevator miles’ Great we haven’t had an escalator lawsuit in a while Grateful I live in the USA Mitt Romney might put car elevator house on market Register for the NAEC Spring Conference Register for the EESF AGM Pretty cool VW Factory MEI/H&H Maxton Training Program

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, 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 #386 - Week 01/14/15

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #386 - Week 01/14/15 (Audio/Video DOA, not available this week) CaptureThere was a terrible accident in NY this week were an elevator mechanic was killed in the hoist way.  We leave our warm beds each day heading to work with not a though that our day could turn as tragically as it did for this mechanic. I can’t say it enough but make safe work practices the number one priority of your day. I don’t care how many units you have on your route or who is yelling at you to move faster.  Experts note that you are more likely to have an accident in the surroundings that are the most familiar to you so don't get too comfortable out there.  Heading home at the end of the day to your family and making sure those you work with should be on your mind all day. Just a side note, the show with my rant did not record/output the way it needed to so no audio/video show today. 

News/Article Links: Mechanic killed in elevator accident If you would like to support Johnny Luna’s Family More on above Boys hand saved from escalator Broken elevator leaves students stranded Accident on escalator leaves one dead Tributes after grandmother dies after falling down escalator Panera Bread evacuated due to malfunctioning elevator EW Unplugged: View from the rock Five seniors hurt after escalator tumble Nice Westinghouse Traction Elevator Video Timed out service fault Register for the NAEC Spring Conference Register for the EESF AGM Pretty cool VW Factory Plan to attend the Maxton Training Class at H&H in Chitown

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #385 - Week 01/07/15

Audio File Link: Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #385 - Week 01/07/15 Happy New Year! Unfortunately we’re starting 2015 on a sad note with the recent news of a 12 year old who was killed when he entered the shaft of a home elevator in Florida and was crushed to death. It’s truly frightening to imagine that his could even happen. It’s a tragic death which requires everyone's help in spreading the word regarding riding elevators and escalators safely and that they are neither toys, nor amusement rides. And while the details of the accident have not been released we encourage anyone with a home elevator to get it checked out by your local elevator company to ensure that it’s safe and the distance between the hallway doors and gate is minimized to prevent any child from accidentally getting wedged between the door and gate when the hallway door is closed. Visit as well as for more information regarding elevator and escalator safety. News/Article Links: 12 Year Old Boy Killed in home elevator accident Home Elevator Safety Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation Woman jumps to her death off mall escalator COP accidently shoots himself in elevator Escalator accident causes broken leg Turkish governor bans short elevator trips Congratulations EW Project of the Year Winners Dog survives choking, 30 foot fall after elevator accident Man critically injured in fall from over the side of an escalator $12M Invested in fifthly BART Escalators Cold air and dry rails One released in elevator crash accident in Istanbul KONE wins order for high-rise development We need more feedback like this regarding lawsuits

Happy New Year!

ershnyNo show today, it's winter break and my kids are helping me at work which means I get to sleep in each day to 6 am, including today! Next week we will be back to our regular scheduled programming but I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a Happy New Year.  Thanks for being a part of my audience and family.  It's awesome to have you all join me on this fun ride.

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #384 - Week 12/24/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #384 - Week 12/24/14 Even Santa needs to take the elevator once in a while.

I’d like to wish everyone a heartfelt Merry Christmas. Thank you for the cards you’ve sent and emails wishing me good holiday cheer. As 2014 comes to a close moving into a new fresh year is something I always enjoy. I received a nice email from Brendon who is now a teenager. He remembers calling into the Santa Hotline some seven years ago. For those of you who don’t remember, when I first started the show each year between November and December I installed a “special” phone line and number that went direct to Santa’s workshop in the North pole. I was lucky enough to ask him if I could do this because C.J. Anderson & Company supplies most of the elevator equipment used at his facility. He was game and there were many children who called and left Santa a message during those months including my own. Brendon wrote; calling the Santa Hotline was something I couldn’t wait to do and sometimes I’d even call when my parents didn’t know. In fact my dad just told me that during the first year you did this I called fifty-five times in the period of two weeks. Thank you for providing that for me as a kid as it was magical. News/Article Links: Tenants worried about broken elevator Triton sells German elevator parts maker Wurth chosen as 2015 EESF Campaign Chairman Do we really care about this? $1.8M for improvement of elevators Work on canopy to keep human waste out of Bart Woman injured in elevator incident at Fenway Park sues pretty much everyone Salem elevator gets modernized by TKE video Antique hall station, meet new pushbutton EW Unplugged: Deep Escalator Thoughts G&R Launches new product Santa Tracker for those with little ones

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #383 - Week 12/17/14

Audio Link: Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #383 - Week 12/17/14 Holiday Cards by

The Elevator Escalator Safety foundation rebranding committee met yesterday in Chicago yesterday and I have to say it was nice to meet and see everyone who attended.  The good news is that we’re moving towards a different direction with the program the bad news is that the plan to do so is still being formulated. This is an exciting time for the foundation and one that is a long time coming. I’ll have more to share on this process as our committee moves through it and look forward to doing so. One accident on today’s show just goes to prove that the EESF is still needed in preventing accidents from happening.

News/Article Links: Man in custody after woman groped on escalator Elevators set to take new direction Elevator and Escalator market in China 2015-2019 FDNY continues working on scene after falling down shaft Alert shopper hits E-Stop button on escalator Boy flown to CHOP after escalator mall accident A17 Elevator Codes Week: January 12-16 Elevator Adjuster celebrating 600th video Two injured in elevator accident Doug: Holiday Happenings Dumbwaiter involved in fatality ordered to be removed Maybe too late for this year From one of my favorite holiday movies

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #382 - Week 12/10/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #381 - Week 12/3/14

Audio Show Link: Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #381 - Week 12/3/14 Back from a wonderful trip to Wisconsin where it was cold and snowy and no one robbed my house after declaring I’d be out for a few days over the interweb.  I wasn’t too surprised to learn that there were not a lot of articles out there but some I enjoy commenting on. If you’re like me and wonder how some of this ends online please feel free to comment. Those are some of the best items to read.

News/Article Links: Woman Killed inside dumbwaiter More on above story Crazy elevator concept straight from Willy Wonka A better elevator design? New elevator system like a vertical mass transit system TKE Promises to revolutionize skyscraper design Bike Escalator again in the news Mans foot cut off by elevator door in Netanya elevaTour of Macy’s Hearald Square Two injured in Stony Creek elevator accident Elderly woman plunges down escalator Urban Hub Digital Magazine Launched Woman slashed in face on London Underground escalator Church leaders urge support for elevator

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #380 - Week 11/19/14

Audio Podcast: Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #380 - Week 11/19/14 ers-trkyWinter has come with a vengeance and I’m already looking forward to this weekend where temps are predicted to be in the upper 40’s, what’s wrong with me. For our listeners in NY or just East of Buffalo I’m glad that the snow you’re getting isn’t falling on Chicago.  Short show today but a couple of articles are filled with stupidness, yes I know that’s not a real word but I feel it fits the context of what I’m going to cover today. Next week there will be no show. I’m headed to the snow frozen Northwoods of Wisconsin with my family and plan on enjoying it. From my family to yours, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Be back with a new show the first week of December. Oh and one more thing, if you're looking for a new sweatshirt, consider this one. I know it's a bit much for a sweatshirt but I make no money on any of the items over on our goodies store. Everything is marked up $5 if you can believe it and that same $5 goes back to the EESF. It's a win win for everyone; they get $5, you have cool gear your coworkers will wish they had.

ers-sw News/Article Links: Adopting Building Transportation Codes Mass. falling short on elevator safety Grant to cover $200,000 in upgrades Deciphering a 3D Edge Fault Elevator contract OK’d Seven injured in elevator accident in Turkey Commuters’ anger over week of escalator repair chaos – Really? Escalator Gitches at Fulton Subway How about light curtains for animal doors at zoos? People in stalled elevator sing to Aerosmith to stay calm County turns down funding requests for elevator EW Unplugged: Elevatorpedia Swedish social experiment captures reaction to abuse Philly elevators help with access Chicago Elevator Association Holiday Party Set

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #379 - Week 11/12/14

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

EESF Launches Re-branding Campaign for Safe-T Rider Program

11-4-14-1A significant gift of $10,000 has been made by Ricia Hendrick in memory of her father, William C. Sturgeon, to support the re-branding campaign for the Safe-T Rider program. Listen to the interview with Nikole Layton and Tom Sybert. Last month, EESF announced that the cornerstone education program, Safe-T Rider, that teaches children to ride elevators, escalators and moving walks safely, would be re-branded and debuted in Fall 2015. The project will include the design of a new character or characters, enhancement of the print and Internet-accessible materials and the addition of educational apps. This is a very exciting change for the Foundation, and we are looking forward to seeing how the new program will develop!

The total cost of the new program design will be $150,000. Years ago, a fund was established for the Foundation by Mr. Sturgeon, a leading pioneer in our industry, specifically for the development of new programs and the modernization of existing ones. The only stipulation is that matching funds must be raised for any amount released. For this campaign, $75,000 has been released from the fund and EESF is working to raise the additional $75,000 to begin our project.

We need your help to make this happen. Every dollar gets us closer to the $75,000 goal! To make a donation or for more information contact Nikole Gore-Layton, or 251-479-2199. DONATE NOW

THANK YOU TO OUR CAMPAIGN DONORS Ricia Hendrick, in memory of William C. Sturgeon C.J. Anderson & Company Elevator Association of Florida Will Layton, in honor of all the kids educated by the EESF

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #377 - Week 10/29/14

Elevator Radio Show - Video/Audio Show #377 - Week 10/29/14 erspmkThe only thing I wish about today’s show is that there were no accidents in any of the articles.  I would love it if we could get to a week where all is balanced in the inter-web space when it comes to elevators, escalators and moving walkways. It would look similar to this one, except for the elevator fall that happened at Beaver Stadium and the important message regarding riding escalators correctly.  A guy can dream can’t he?

ersemailIt’s the end of the month and you know what that means. Your opportunity to win a $100 Visa cash gift card and some neat swag from the following companies, thank you to everyone who has donated goodies and remember to get signed up for the e-newsletter upper right hand corner so that when a new show is uploaded you’re sent a notification the moment I click publish.

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,,,, Elevator World Magazine, Elevator Cab Renovations, The Elevator Preservation Blog, ECS Corporation, Parts Specialists,,, Elevator Riders Riding Club, The pQEI Inspection App & Maxton Manufacturing News/Article Links: Elevator worker injured in fall Walkway over the Hudson prepared for emergency China: Men chisel their way out of stuck elevator EW Hosts the NEII® safety committee Compensating families for workplace accidents Doug at Euro Lift Wisconsin woman gives birth in Hospital Elevator CEA Meeting tomorrow night Andrew featured in Autism Support network ElevatorAdjuster has many new videos posted Warning: Never slide down a escalator handrail, you may die KONE Spares Halloween Video