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!