Sway With Me

Scientists estimate that by 2030, the number of people living in cities will rise 30% to five billion. We can’t spread out (unless we go off planet), so we must go up.

– Ricia Sturgeon-Hendrick, ELEVATOR WORLD July 2015

You can expect the number of tall, super-tall and mega-tall buildings to increase in the near and far future. This is fine with me. These structures are amazing, beautiful and are incredible feats of engineering.
One of the many challenges of building a high-rise is that it needs to be rigid enough to withstand strong winds, yet flexible enough to survive an earthquake. One fact that many people often forget is that these structures actually sway in winds. That thought is pretty frightening, but it is a necessary function for these buildings.
Let’s take a look at one example that helped redefine what was once thought impossible.

Enter: Taipei 101


Located in Taipei, Taiwan, construction began in 1999 and was complete in 2004. Along with its completion came the highly sought-after title of world’s tallest building – – a title it held until more recently when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in 2010. Taipei 101 has 101 floors and tops out at 1,667 feet (508 meters). For those keeping score, the Burj Khalifa is 2,722 feet (830 meters).
At first glance, you may think the 101 is a strange looking building, with its saw-tooth or step-like corners (also called reentrant corners). This design, however, reduces the buildings response to wind by 30 to 40 percent – – a critical feature considering Taiwan is subject to heavy winds from typhoons. The goal is to reduce “vortex shedding,” which is a wind phenomenon resulting from skyscrapers. The typical cost-effective shape when designing a skyscraper is a square or rectangle. It doesn’t take an engineer to realize that shape is not particularly aerodynamic. One method is to round off, or streamline the corners like the examples below: (click to enlarge)

The designs above make the building more aerodynamic, allowing winds to pass more smoothly.
The designers and engineers of Taipei 101 claim the structure can withstand winds up to 134 miles per hour (216 km/h).
The chopped corners of the 101 actually delay the formation of the dangerous vortices.
So problem solved, right? Well yes, if only Taiwan was not also subject to earthquakes.

Enter: The Damper

I recently started reading about and watching videos about dampers in buildings. I honestly had no idea such things existed!
In many tall buildings these dampers, usually located toward the top of the building, act as pendulum to counteract the sway caused by the winds. In other words, they push the building in the opposite direction. Check out Taipei’s record-setting damper:

That is one big ball. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rinux/2885419140

That is one big ball. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rinux/2885419140

Here is a nice illustration showing where it is located.

Photo credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taipei_101_Tuned_Mass_Damper.png

I told you it was big! Photo credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Taipei_101_Tuned_Mass_Damper.png



This particular damper is unique for several reasons. One is that, unlike most dampers, Taipei 101’s is visible to its visitors; as it spans across 5 floors.
Another is that it is the largest (and most expensive) damper in the world. It weighs an impressive 728 tons (660 metric-tons) and cost US$4million. Now you can see why they’d want to display it!
The ‘golden orb’ as it is often referred to, consists of 41 circular steel plates of various sizes. Each plate is 4.92 inches (125 mm) thick. All are welded together to create the 18 foot (5.5 m) diameter sphere.

To prevent the damper from moving too much or continue to move due to its own weight, are several hydraulic arms bolted to the floor and attached to the orb. This makes it a “tuned mass damper.”

The general rule is that a building should not sway more than 1/500th of its height. If my math is correct, Taipei 101 could sway up to 3.3 feet (1 meter). Certainly, the residents and visitor would appreciate it if that distance were much less.
Thanks to this massive damper, it is… or at least they do not feel it as much. However, on August 8, 2015, during Typhoon Soudelor, the damper swayed a record 39 inches or 3.25 feet (0.99 meters)! And guess what? We have the video! Check it out:

Just remember: that is a more than 700 ton, 18 foot steel ball swaying more than 3 feet continuously over 1,600 feet in the air.
All buildings sway. If they’re tall enough, they probably have a damper inside too… just something to think about the next time you are enjoying the view from a high-rise.

Thanks for reading,

– Caleb


The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper by Kate Ascher; purchase at elevatorbooks.com
Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taipei_101#Structural_facade


Elevators in Popular Music

by Hanno van der Bijl
Elevators have made their way into the popular imagination as an apt metaphor for the ups and downs of life. Pop music has turned to this metaphor to illustrate the emptiness of success, stormy relationships and the social dynamics imposed on people in the same small, moving box. This post explores 14 songs that fall into one of these three categories. If you know of any other relevant songs, please let us know in the comment section.

This is Success?

The elevator’s upward ascent has been used as an illustration for success. Not everyone can fit on the elevator at once. If you do happen to be on it, and if the elevator goes fast, it can be a heady experience. You step off a little dizzy; you’re alone, and your friends are at the bottom. Eminem, Group 1 Crew and Outkast have done this well. In 1996, Outkast gave voice to the alienation from old acquaintances that success brings in “Elevators (Me and You)“: “We moving on up in the world like elevators.” They can’t help it. Group 1 Crew also feel this guilt in a recent song, “Elevator Doors.” The elevator doors open to another level for him, but they seem to close in on his heart.

Of the three artists, Eminem treated this subject the most extensively in his 2009 “Elevator“:
“There once was a saying that I used to say
Back in the day when I met Dre
I used to sit and goof on the phone with, my friend Proof
That if I went gold, I’d go right through the roof
He said what If you went platinum, I’d just laugh at him
That’s not happening, that I can’t fathom
Eighty something million records worldwide later,
I’m living in a house with a f***in’ elevator.”
All his dreams came true. His past self would have told him that he should be happy at this point, but he isn’t. He even thinks “about an escalator now, steps I hate ’em,” but it probably won’t help much either. His residential elevator is there as a symbol of his wealth yes, but more poignantly, as a silent reminder of his unhappiness.

You and Me: Relationships

Elevators feature most predominantly in love songs. These songs use them as images for sex, insecurity, loneliness and comforting anonymity.


A couple of elevator love songs, for good or for bad, are simply about nothing else other than sexual intercourse. There is no other way around it. Aerosmith’s 1989 “Love in an Elevator” is simply that:
“Love in an elevator
Livin’ it up when I’m goin’ down
Love in an elevator
Lovin’ it up till I hit the ground.”
Flo Rida’s 2008 “Elevator” is even more explicit. On www.songmeanings.com, one commentator argues that it is all about “the tragic state of disrepair that the elevator industry finds itself in at the turn of the century.” They argue that the line, “One night, one time broke her off 10 grand/Project all the way gutta all day” refers to an elevator that broke down in Flo Rida’s building. It cost him US$10,000 to fix, and it was a challenge, because, “seeing as the elevator repair union was on strike and in order to fix the elevator, they had to get volunteers from Flo’s building to get it going again. Flo borrowed the 10 grand from his big-faced gold digger honey (“My first flo step want a gold digging woman”) who also lives in his building.” Perhaps in that case, he is using the repair analogy to illustrate the cost or toll that this is all taking on him.

Ups and Downs of Love

Guy Sebastian’s 2006 “Elevator Love” is a charming song about the ups and downs of courtship and dating. ‘She loves me, she loves me not.’ At the end of the video, he finds his answer. David Archuleta also speaks to the insecurity the lover feels in his 2010 “Elevator.” He has a dream that he is on an elevator. The doors open on various floors but he can’t find his love. The dream ends on a very ominous note:
“The doors they finally shut and I was there, somewhere
Alone in my reality inside an empty box
That’s filled with air
But I don’t care, no.”
He resolves to try again tomorrow and “just go with the flow/Until your feet are back on the ground,” while acknowledging that “it’s the butterflies/That keep you feeling so alive, so alive/You gotta get back that high.”
The Pussycat Dolls’ 2008 “Elevator” is an intimate and honest look at the volatility of the singers’ relationship and the longing for stability and steadfastness:
“Like an elevator, we go up, and we go down
Down, down, like an elevator
We touch the sky and touch the ground
Ground, ground like an elevator
You’re stuck on one while I’m pressing three
Then we end up on the fourth floor
And then we disagree
Then you keep on blamin’ me.”
The chorus ends with a beautiful plea to acknowledge the purpose of a healthy relationship — the transformative power of love:
“But I wish that you would see that
I’m just trying to elevate you
Like an elevator.”

Being Alone

While Western culture is very open in the media, social or otherwise, modern Western people are more reserved in public. The elevator imposes a kind of social awkwardness that people must endure for the few seconds or minutes they are alone together in a confined space. While most Western people appreciate this, it drives the lover in Incubus’ 2010 “Crowded Elevator” crazy. He desperately wants to tell his significant other how he feels, but it would be taboo to express his feelings in an elevator, let alone talk. He has weighty, passionate things on his mind while the people on the elevator are simply occupied with “the little red numbers passing by.”
While Incubus’ lover sees the elevator as a place to escape, Stars and P!nk’s lovers see it as a place of refuge. Stars’ 2006 “Elevator Love Letter” is a song about two office workers in love with each other, neither of whom “know how to love.” The woman is working hard but is beginning to feel more lonely and withdrawn as a result. She says that “My office glows all night long/It’s a nuclear show and the stars are gone.” Her obsession with work has polluted the air around her and she can’t see her dreams anymore. The man is insecure and unable to commit to a loving, steady relationship. Working in a tall office building and probably living in a tall residential building, they ride up and down elevators every day. Their lives are so impersonal and withdrawn from meaningful relationships that the elevator becomes a friend. As if they were addressing a cab driver, they say, “Elevator, elevator, take me home.”
The poor woman in P!nk’s 2012 “Walk of Shame” desperately appeals to God to make the elevator come a little faster so that she can escape the fierce judgment of her peers:
“Make the elevator come a little faster
I’m pushing all the buttons but nothing’s happening
Please God don’t let anybody see me
Please God, I’ll do anything you ask of me
I promise no more walks of shame,
So walk this way!”


The anti-social nature of elevators takes an extreme in Kool Keith’s 1999 “Get off My Elevator.” The elevator is going up and down between his heart and mind. His lover is trying to find out the real him but he just warns her that “security will escort you out my building.”
The Band of Horses features an elevator in the opening lines of their beautiful 2010 “Factory“:
“The elevator, in the hotel lobby has a lazy door
The man inside is going to a hotel room
He jumped out right after seeing just the very sight of me
Decided he better hike it to the second floor.”

“The man inside” is the singer. He sees his reflection in door or wall of the car, and, feeling shame at his appearance, decides to take the stairs. He can’t even look at himself, because he is struggling in his hotel room with a broken relationship and the resulting loneliness.

Similar anxiety is beautifully portrayed in Keaton Henson’s 2014 “Elevator Song.” Last year, Henson told The Independent that he wrote this song “while daydreaming and thinking about a breakdown I had in an elevator in Glasgow.” This soul-stirring dramatic piece of music is brought down to earth at the open and close with an automated voice saying, “Please mind the doors. The doors are closing.”

Further Reading:

Top 10 Elevator Songs,” ElevatorRater, May 26, 2013, http://elevatorrater.com/content/top-10-elevator-songs
David Owen, “The Soundtrack of Your Life,” The New Yorker, April 10, 2006, http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2006/04/10/the-soundtrack-of-your-life

The Beauty of Home Elevators

If you are in the vertical transportation industry or are simply an enthusiast, and have been to YouTube recently, you have no doubt seen the thousands of elevators being filmed. The elevator filming community is very active and continues to grow.
On other social media sites you can find dozens of photos of the elevators they are riding as well.

One elevator type you won’t find many videos or pictures of however, is home or residential elevators… and for good reason – they’re “private” installations. If you rang my doorbell with a camcorder in your hand asking to film my elevator (assume for a moment I own one in my home), I don’t think I would let you in. OK I personally would because I like elevators too, but you get my point: most homeowners would not.

Anyway, that’s where Elevator World’s Photo Contest comes in! Many companies have submitted some amazing photos of these rarely seen elevators in the three years since we started the contest. More often times than not, they are highly customized installations that must cater to the needs and wants of the home owner. This isn’t as difficult when it’s a new construction home, but that is not always the case. Some things that must be considered when installing in existing homes include: to install on the outside or inside; how to work around the existing stair case; maintaining the character of the home (there have been several installed in historical homes) and obviously the overall aesthetics of the new installation. No pressure, right?

Here are some of my personal favorites we received most recently. The entire gallery of the 2015 Residential Elevator entries can be viewed here.

This beautiful glass elevator was installed by A+ Elevators and Lifts of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in a home in Provo, Utah.

This beautiful glass elevator was installed by A+ Elevators and Lifts of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in a home in Provo, Utah.

Another installation from A+ Elevators.

Another installation from A+ Elevators submitted for the 2014 Photo Contest.

Taken by Fred Nichols of Nichols Contracting, this Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator (PVE) was installed in under 14 days!

This photo, taken by Fred Nichols of Nichols Contracting, shows a Pneumatic Vacuum Elevator (PVE). It was installed in under 14 days!

The PVE above is a great example of the improving elevator technology for home installations. According to Mr. Nichols, the vacuum pump transports riders from one floor to the next without the need for excavation or a hoistway installation. Thanks to the physics behind the design, it is virtually impossible to get stuck between floors or to freefall, making this a safe and ideal solution for many home owners.

Submitted by Akshay Monga of ThyssenKrupp U.A.E., this is an example of one of their smallest elevator installations.

Submitted by Akshay Monga of ThyssenKrupp U.A.E., this is an example of one of their smallest elevator installations.

See what I mean by “working around the existing stair case”? Just look at that clearance!
Here are few submitted by Bradley Wood of Lift Shop located in Australia. They are great examples of providing the necessary aesthetics for the home owners:


Here is a great example of an installation on the outside of the residence, submitted by Carlo Ferrari of Wittur:


Don’t forget to view all the 2015 Residential Elevator entries!
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Thanks for reading,

– Caleb


The Space Elevator is back

As of this writing, if you type “inflatable space elevator” into Google, you are presented with nearly 3 million results in less than half of a second. That is amazing for several reasons, but the one that stands out to me is that the word “inflatable” is in there.

In case you have not heard yet, the Canadian company Thoth Technologies has been awarded a US patent for an inflatable space elevator. How crazy is this?! (Just when you have an idea, some big tech company comes along and gets the credit, am I right?!)

Here’s a rendering of what it would look like:


Going up. Still going. And going. And...

Going up. Still going. And going. And…


As you can see (and might expect), this thing is huge!

If you’re a regular here at Elevator World Unplugged, you’ll know I’ve mentioned the Space (or Lunar) Elevator before.
Although this one is not as high (and is far from geostationary orbit), it is still fascinating.
It would reach nearly 12.5 miles (20km) into the sky (technically the Stratosphere, not ‘space’) – 20 times higher than the Burj Khalifa!
So what is the ‘inflatable’ part? Gas pressure. The structure would be several Kevlar rings stitched together then inflated with either Helium or Hydrogen at an enormous pressure to keep the entire structure together and rigid.
As far as the elevator cars themselves, the question is to have them ride on the inside or outside. Each has its pros and cons and is still begin decided among the creators.
Thoth says within the next 5 years, it hopes to have a scaled down model for testing, which would be 1 mile (1.6 km) high.
The full version could be a possibility in next 10 years for approximately US$5 billion.
According to its inventor Dr. Brenden Quine, “Astronauts would ascend to 20 km by electrical elevator. From the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower for refueling and reflight.”

Thoth’s President and CEO says she believe the space tower, couples with self landing rocket technologies being developed by others, will herald a new era of space transportation.

So again, here’s to hoping this one gets built!

Thanks for reading,

– Caleb


The Ledge

On a recent trip to the Windy City, aka Chicago, Ill., USA, I had the opportunity to visit the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower and its Sky Deck Ledge on the 103rd floor. I grew up with a fear of heights, so this seemed like a really bad idea. Naturally, I ignored my conscience and did it anyway.

For those of you who may not know what the Sky Deck Ledge is, here is a quick run-down:
There are several glass boxes that extend 4.3 feet (1.3 meters) from Willis Tower – currently the 10th tallest building in the world. Each box is comprised of three layers of half-inch (1.27 cm) thick glass laminated into one seamless unit. The low-iron, clear glass is fully tempered for durability. International structural glass design experts Halcrow Yolles fully designed and detailed all the glass and steel components.
Each Ledge is built to withstand four tons of pressure and can hold 10,000 pounds!

Never before have I been concerned with how thick a glass structure was… until this moment:

The cliche "Don't look down" was completely irrelevant.

The cliche “Don’t look down” is completely irrelevant when you’re standing inside a glass box. On the side of a building. 1,353 feet (412 meters) in the air.

The views are absolutely stunning – even on a foggy day!

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I must, of course, mention the speedy elevators!
Willis Tower elevators operate as fast as 1,600 feet (488 meters) per minute – among the fastest in the world.
The ride on these Schindler modernized elevators was amazingly smooth. And did I mention they were fast?


If you ever have a chance and are able to put aside any fears you may have, I highly recommend visiting the Sky Deck and easing onto the Ledge.

Thanks for reading,

– Caleb



The Dumbwaiter Restaurant

by Hanno van der Bijl


My wife and I recently ate at the Dumbwaiter Restaurant, a new restaurant in Mobile, Alabama. After a terrific meal at the bar (I highly recommend the “Alabama Benedict”), I walked towards the back of the restaurant. “Is this the dumbwaiter?” I asked the chef. “This is the dumbwaiter!” he replied.

IMG_5942The friendly chef opened the collapsible car gate, and went on to explain that it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair the dumbwaiter, so they’ve just been using it to store their beer and wine. Here’s to the day when this dumbwaiter will rise again. Cheers!




Be It Known, I invented Revolving Stairs

“To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, Nathan Ames, of Saugus, in the county of Essex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Stairs, which I call Revolving Stairs; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the construction and operation of the same…”

That is Nathan Ames applying for a patent for what was essentially the modern-day escalator. Who is Nathan Ames you ask? Read on.


Photo credit to Google.com/patents

Nathan Ames was born on November 17, 1826, in Roxbury, New Hampshire, U.S.A., and worked as a patent solicitor. He received his education at Phillips Academy Preparatory High School and later at Harvard University. He patented several additional machines outside the vertical-transportation industry, and even had a book of poetry, Pirate’s Glen and Dungeon Rock, published in 1853.

United States Patent No. 25076 was granted on August 9, 1859 – 156 years ago this week! – for his “Revolving Stairs”. As you can see in the images above, Ames created two ‘arrangement’ possibilities. The first is what he calls a “double parallel arrangement” and the second, a “triangular arrangement.”

If you keep looking at the images, I hope you’ll notice one major design flaw with the “triangular arrangement” (Fig. 3).
Because the entire system is a continuous triangle, it would require passengers to have skills in coordination, timing and agility. When they reach the top they must jump sideways; otherwise, they’ll just ride back down to where they started. It was dangerous and impractical.

Just what was he thinking with these “Revolving Stairs”? Let’s look at some more excerpts from his original letter requesting the patent:

“The object of the invention is to enable persons to ascend and descend from one story of a building to another, without exerting any muscular strength…”

That ‘object’ seems pretty obvious to us today, but it was totally revolutionary at the time. He also had some grand visions for his Revolving Stairs that make those of us in the industry cringe:

“When not in motion, it is obvious that my stairs are as convenient as the stairs in common use, and may be employed in every instance as a substitute. It is also evident that a person may, if he chooses, walk-upon the stairs while they are in motion, and thereby ascend, or descend, as the case may be, with double speed.”

And then there is this:

“In private dwellings, where the stairs would be revolved only occasionally, they might be operated by hand power, or by a weight applied to the stairs through any suitable mechanism. In private residences, they would prove valuable in assisting the sick, aged…. from story to story; they would also prove a luxury to those that are active and in health, especially if the house be large. Thus by rendering the upper stories of large buildings comparatively easy of access, their value will be greatly enhanced especially in large and densely populated cities…”

More like delusions, not visions. But remember, this was 1859!

First of all, escalators should never be used as a substitute for stairs, even while they are working, as they are not the correct height for normal walking. According to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation’s A Safe Ride®, this is one of the most popular myths when it comes to escalators.

Second, who has an escalator in their home?

If Ames could see us now!

Escalators have certainly come a long way since Ames’ idea. Photo by Jean Lim Sock Koon.

Mr. Ames never produced a working model for his “Revolving Stairs” and was never heard from again, despite his patent being granted. He died August 17, 1865, in Massachusetts. His idea, however, was obviously (and thankfully) never lost. Fast-foward about 30 years when three separate patents for “moving stairways” were granted to Jessi Reno (1891), George H. Wheeler (1892) and Charles D. Seeberger (1898). These patents were for the much needed improvements to the idea, and would eventually lead to working models.

Ames was certainly ahead of his time. He saw a future that was literally looking up:

“…and buildings may be constructed much higher than heretofore, as the previous objections to such structures will be obviated.”

"Higher than heretofore"

“Looking up” at Tall Buildings in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Photo by Mohammed Kothambawala, Kantar Operations

On a completely separate note, I think I will now start all my e-mails with, “Be it known.”

Thanks for reading,



Zack McCain on Elevators 101 and Life in the Industry

ELEVATORS-101-COVERElevator World recently interviewed Zack McCain about the publication of the third edition of Elevators 101. Ever since it was first published in 2004, it has remained on Elevator World’s best-seller list. McCain was kind enough, not only to speak about his book, but also to share his heart for the industry he has been serving for decades.

EW: ​What was your inspiration for writing Elevators 101?
ZM: Back in the 1960s, when I had facility-management responsibilities, I started trying to learn the basics of elevators and escalators. There was little to no information available, and those working in the field either did not know much or were not willing to share what they knew. My goal for Elevators 101 was to provide a resource for managers, persons new to the industry and those in the industry who could use a ready reference to identify equipment and the requirements in various codes and standards.

EW: How did you go about writing it? Did you have a process you followed throughout the project?
ZM: I imagined myself in the position of needing to know the basics of elevators and what I thought would be most helpful. I then developed a rough outline, keeping the goal stated above in mind. Then, I started putting things together on my computer. I discussed this project with many people in the industry to get their help and suggestions. I am indebted to Richard Baxter, Jim Coaker, Edward Donoghue, Robert B. Peelle, Jr., Albert Saxer, Robert Seymour and many others in the industry that provided both encouragement and advice. I could never have completed this task without their support and encouragement.

EW: How does it benefit readers?
ZM: I have strived to provide the reader with an unbiased presentation of equipment functions, terminology and sources for requirements for various categories of equipment. Actually, I find myself reaching for it to refresh my memory about specific equipment or the location of a requirement. For example, the table on page 25 lists the location of requirements related to elevators in the IBC and NFPA-5000 building codes.

EW: What is new in the third edition?
ZM: This third edition includes information on fire service access elevators, occupant evacuation elevators, updates on references as well as other changes such as a discussion on varying the speed of escalators and moving walks.

EW: How have you seen the elevator industry change over your lifetime?
ZM: The industry as a whole has grown to have a global interest. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the major manufacturers were U.S. or Canadian based. But now, even the U.S.-based companies have large interests throughout the world. The U.S. and Canadian codes were harmonized in the early part of this century leading to improvement for both standards.

The introduction of electronics in controls and drives has improved equipment and changed maintenance requirements. Computer-aided design has improved design and reduced component size. Both of these have opened the door for new innovations such as machine-room-less elevators, and improved evaluation and performance standards. On the whole, the industry is more open to change than it was in the 1960s and 1970s.

EW: What has been one of the highlights of your career?
ZM: Participating in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Code activities and teaching classes on elevators for ASME professional development — both of these have been satisfying and rewarding. I have made many friends and met many interesting people in the process. These projects and relationships have led to many other areas such as working with Elevator World, the National Association of Elevator Contractors and the International Association of Elevator Consultants, just to mention a few.

EW: What challenges have you faced over the years? How did you overcome them?
ZM: Over the years, I have experienced many failures and disappointments. I have learned not to dwell on them but to move on. I recently read a quote from Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” This is a reminder that you should never let failures and disappointments stop you from trying.

EW: What is your advice for young elevator technicians in the industry?
ZM: The elevator industry performs a vital service to businesses and industries throughout the world. It is rewarding work, both financially and in terms of job satisfaction. Technicians have a responsibility to perform the best they can to ensure the equipment is safe and reliable, and should be prepared to continue learning and improving throughout their career.

Purchase your copy of Elevators 101 in our online bookstore here.


Elevator Mechanics Tackle Purse Snatcher

Have you ever seen the television show “What Would You Do?”  The program features actors acting out scenes of conflict or illegal activity in public settings while hidden cameras videotape the scene, and the focus is on whether or not bystanders (general public) intervene, and how.  Well, two Otis elevator mechanics in Milwaukee, WI found themselves in a real-life “what would you do” situation.  While taking a break for lunch the mechanics noticed a person snatch the purse from the hands of an innocent woman simply walking down the street. And, what did these two elevator industry guys do?  They tackled the criminal and held him down until the police arrived, of course.  Kudos to these gentleman and keep up the good work on, and off, the job!  A+


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