Industry New for February 16, 2017

THYSSENKRUPP WINS ITALY METRO STATION MAINTENANCE WORK

thyssenkrupp has been selected by Azienda Trasporti Milanesi and Azienda Napoletana Mobilita to maintain 585 units in metro stations in Milan and Naples, Italy, respectively. The multiyear contracts cover 237 elevators and 115 escalators in 60 Milan stations and 83 elevators, and 150 escalators are in more than 23 Naples stations. The latest contracts build on thyssenkrupp’s existing relationship with Italian metro systems, including a recently awarded contract to supply, install and provide maintenance for mobility systems in metro Line C in Rome, the longest in Italy.

 WOMAN DIES IN FALL FROM WTC TRANSIT HUB ESCALATOR

A 29-year-old New Jersey woman died on February 11 when she fell approximately 30 ft. from an escalator in the World Trade Center (WTC) transit hub, also known as the Oculus, in New York City (NYC), various news outlets, including CBS News, reported. Officials initially said the woman, who was traveling with her twin sister, leaned over the railing to retrieve a hat and fell over the side. Security footage later revealed she was lying prone on the handrail to imitate flying, New York Daily News said. Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the US$3.9-billion hub connects New Jersey’s PATH trains and NYC’s subways and is used by more than 300,000 passengers daily.

 CHINESE GOVERNMENTS HOPE TO REDUCE ELEVATOR ACCIDENTS

In light of elevator fatalities across China, governments are taking steps to increase accountability, Global Timesreports. In Northwest China, Baoji has begun offering liability insurance, and in East China, Qingdao has revised regulations to require that elevators in schools, hospitals, supermarkets and other public places be outfitted with surveillance cameras. The Qingdao regulations also stipulate maintenance entities set up 24-hr. hotlines and dispatch rescuers to scenes in a timely manner. National regulations already require elevators to be cleaned, lubricated, adjusted and checked every 15 days, but this is often ignored. Forty-one people died in elevator accidents in 2016, a drop from 48 such fatalities in 2015. Early this month, 43- and 44-year-old male relatives from Shenyang plunged down a shaft to their deaths from the 28th to third floors.

NORTHAMPTON SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION OPEN

Registration is open, and the second call for papers has been issued for the Seventh Symposium on Lift & Escalator Technologies, to be held at Highgate House in Northampton, U.K., on September 20-21. Vertical-transportation experts will have an opportunity to present peer-reviewed papers after submitting abstracts. Attendees registering before June 30 will receive an early booking discount. Further discounts are available to members of supporting organizations the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, University of Northampton, Lift & Escalator Industry Association and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.


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