Drawing Attention

The cover of the September 2018 issue of Oregon Business magazine

In its September issue, Oregon Business magazine took on the topic of elevator maintenance and safety in an article titled “Shafted,” which noted a shortage of qualified technicians and a growing maintenance backlog as part of the reason for an increasing number of entrapments. In fact, the article became the edition’s cover story, and, as such, was the subject of much internal discussion about how to illustrate it. In a companion piece, Oregon Business Art Director Joan McGuire explained the creative process for designing the cover, which is both stark and compelling. As developers build ever higher, the issues raised in the article will have to be addressed, and the sooner, the better. This simple yet engaging cover should catch the attention of those in a position to tackle the problems.

This is Why They Post the Signs

Philipp Bellessort holds his mangled MacBook. The computer was left broken and twisted after it got sucked into an escalator at a London Tube station; photo by Mercury Press via The Sun.

Philipp Bellessort, a 28-year-old budding entrepreneur, lost months of work and a GBP1,000 (US$1,300) computer while riding an escalator at a London Tube station, The Sun reported on October 13. Bellessort, in the process of launching a recruitment firm, was going home after meeting with a client. While stepping onto an escalator at the Bond Street station, he set his computer bag down on a step. “As I was halfway up, the bag got sucked into [the escalator],” he told the Sun. He heard the bag tear, then realized the MacBook inside was damaged. “When I picked it up and looked what damage had been done, I was in shock,” he said, adding that all of his client data and contacts were lost. “I started the company three months ago and I’ve worked for seven days a week, 18 hours a day since then. All that is lost,” he told The Sun. A Transportation for London spokesman said the incident was being looked into, but noted that posters and announcements warn riders “to keep their belongings clear of escalators.”

Understanding the Elevator Industry Aptitude Test

By: Jennifer Feldman

Elevator contractors, installers, and repairers are some of the highest-paying professions in the trade industry. According to Forbes, these professions earn more money annually than most other trades. Landing one of these apprenticeships is very competitive because there is an enormous number of applicants. Every candidate should expect to face two main obstacles—a pre-apprenticeship aptitude test and an interview. I will walk you through everything you need to know begin your career as an elevator contractor.

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