Men Chisel Their Way Out Of Elevator In China

As I was waiting to get my car serviced this morning an interesting news piece on the television caught my attention.  Of course it was related to elevators…and pretty scary.  After the below video was shown, the other patrons in the room began laughing.  In a nutshell, here is what happened:  The elevator malfunctioned — sending it to the building’s basement.  When the door opened to a brick wall, the men inside used what they had to get out.  One man chiseled an opening with a hammer and another was able to squeeze through that and get help.

Eleven years ago (pre-elevator industry) I probably would have been laughing right with the folks in the waiting room. However, working near the elevator industry for all these years persuaded me do something that would make the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation proud.  I took the opportunity to tell these fine people that I work in the industry, how dangerous this was, and that the guy climbing out was very lucky.  I continued telling them to always wait for help when stuck in an elevator as the majority are equipped with monitoring systems. We have all witnessed the very bad things that can happen when you try and take matters into your own hands.  This small comment spurred a lot on interest, questions and much curiosity.  I even got the standard “there is a magazine for elevators?” If nothing else, a few more people now know the right thing to do in situations such as this. Stay safe out there!


Photos of the Week

Here are a few photos that I found online recently –  thought I would share:





10 Unique Escalators

As featured on this blog many times in the past, vertical transportation can come in many different shapes, sizes, environments and types of technology used.  This article concentrates on escalators and all 10 are very different and unique – from the world’s shortest escalator to the world’s longest outdoor escalator (and even one under water).  Have a look and enjoy some of the uniqueness of our industry.    





Peyton Manning Has Protection Even On The Escalator


Well, it’s football season (American football) so why not post a football-related blog?  Peyton Manning, the star Quarterback (QB) for the NFL team the Denver Broncos, was spotted in a hotel recently riding the escalator.  Obviously Denver is a great offensive team – maybe now we know why – you can’t even get to the QB on an escalator.  Good thing his fellow teammates put their phones away before the games!


Rat Race on The Escalator

This week, commuters in Los Angeles were treated to the bizarre scene of a rat using the handrail of an escalator as a sort of treadmill.  Onlookers appeared unfazed by the proximity of the rat as the small rodent attempted to somehow jump off the handrail.  At times the rat became exhausted by its workout and briefly stopped running, only to realize it was then being carried up the escalator, thus forcing the rat to resume its never-ending battle to jump off.  Eventually a woman emerges from the crowd to give the rodent a helping hand, knocking the rat from its handrail perch and allowing it to scuttle off – without a thanks. And this is your funny of the week!


One World Trade Center Observatory

Next year, visitors to New York City will be able to ride one of the world’s fastest elevators, ascending 102 floors in 60 seconds, to One World Trade Center’s observatory. The observatory will feature a 360-degree view of the city, dining options, a gift shop, event space, interactive exhibits and the “See Forever” theater where visitors can watch a movie about the city. To receive updates, sign up at the official website: Watch this video to get a virtual tour of the attraction from start to finish.


Photo of the Week



It’s not just another photo of escalators.  Look closer…see it yet?  

This particular photo is described as “Hiding in London No.3- Underground Escalator”.  Liu Bolin, known as The Invisible Man, stands still for hours in a landscape while his students paint on him to create a camouflage, blending him into his surroundings.  His photographs have become very popular.  Click here to read more about him and to see additional photographs.




Stuff You Should Know About Elevators

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When were elevators as we know them today developed? How safe is it to ride an elevator? How long should you have to wait for one, and should men let women go first in an American office building? From elevator history to safety and etiquette tips for riding an elevator, Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark will enlighten you in the episode, “Going Up: Elevators,” on their popular podcast, Stuff You Should Know.


QUIZ: Are You An Escalator Etiquette Master?



By now, I think we all know at least the most important rules of escalator etiquette…..right?  Well, why don’t we just see if you can master this quiz that will test your knowledge on the subject. Or, maybe we’ll discover that you should just stick to using the stairs or elevators!  

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