Happy Thanksgiving!



Elevator World would like to extend a Happy Thanksgiving to our U.S. customers and advertisers. We appreciate and are thankful for your continued business. Enjoy the weekend with good food, family and friends!

The EW offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28 in observance of Thanksgiving, but will reopen Monday, December 1.


Elevators in posh Manila condo tower are not for “the help”


Icon Residences in downtown Manila; photo by Hans Olav Lien

Icon Residences in downtown Manila; photo by Hans Olav Lien

When word of memos posted in elevators in the upscale Icon Residences in downtown Manila, Philippines, began circulating on the Internet, many Web surfers were “horrified,” and “disgusted” by what it said: Hired help such as maids, drivers and butlers are not allowed to use the passenger elevators, but should use service elevators instead, Rappler reported. The hubbub is reminiscent of a similar uproar over the summer in New York City, where developers of a 42-story apartment tower were considering installing what came to be known as a “poor door,” or separate entrance for people who lived in the tower’s affordable units. Icon Residences property managers contend it’s nothing personal — that the “passenger elevators for residents and their guests only” has always been policy. Just how posh and exclusive are the residences? A cursory perusal of online residential listings revealed that a two-bedroom unit with maid’s quarters and one parking space was being offered for approximately 12 million Philippine pesos, or US$266,000 — really not all that much in the grand scheme of things.


If you’re stuck in an elevator…

A little story from Huffington Post’s Weird News section today: A group of college kids at the University of the West of England in Bristol became stuck in an elevator. What did they do? Sing some Aerosmith tunes of course! This video was uploaded to YouTube over the weekend. Enjoy!




The elevator universe has its own online encyclopedia, “Elevatorpedia: Elevator-related Wiki“, complete with its own unicorn mascot. Started in August 2010, the site is built on the San Francisco-based wikia.com platform. To date, individual contributors have created 379 pages. Like other Wiki pages, anyone is allowed to edit the content, all the changes being chronicled in the “Recent Wiki Activity” page. In addition to the articles, the site includes pages and pages of videos and photos. Users who create an account, can chat with fellow contributors and discuss issues in the community portal.


The World’s 10 Tallest New Buildings of 2015



With the number of officially “tall” buildings — at least 656 feet (200 meters) — doubling over the next ten years, and the number of “megatall” buildings — at least 1,969 feet (600 meters) — expected to jump from two to 10 by 2020, building construction around the world is literally reaching new heights. Indeed, next year alone 10 new skyscrapers of at least 1,110 feet (338 meters) will be completed. They are 2015′s tallest buildings…with lots of vertical transportation needed!

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City Skylines – Enjoy The Views

Below are a few beautiful photographs of the Chicago (top) and Seattle (bottom) skylines.  These bustling cities and tall buildings would not be possible without vertical transportation.  More photos from cities across the U.S. can be found by clicking here.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the views.

In addition, Elevator World recently completed its 2nd Annual “Photo’s of the Elevator World” contest.  One of our most popular categories was “Skylines and Tall Buildings”.  Click here to view the photos that were submitted by our readers.


The Emerald City



Beware the Giant Spider

Ever heard of the guy who was bitten to death by a giant spider in an elevator? Watch the horror unfold at 1:00-1:30. Be careful riding elevators this Halloween!


EW Hosts The NEII Safety Committee

Safety Committee1On October 22-23 the NEII® Field Employee Safety Committee met at the Elevator World office to discuss and review important changes that will be made to the new 2015 Elevator Industry Employees’ Safety Handbook.  The Safety Handbook (for short) has long been considered “the” safety standard for protection of field employees on construction or maintenance jobs. The new handbook is scheduled to be made available to the industry by March 2015.  For updates on this new manual and additional jobsite safety information click here.  To purchase the current 2010 (with 2011 revisions) Safety Handbook click here.  To learn more about NEII you can visit their website here.       


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: