Protocols Take Precedence

Donny Ramsuchit in an undated photo at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center.

A recent New York Daily News article helped me answer some questions I had about the ways in which maintenance mechanics have been pulled from all directions during the coronavirus pandemic. There’s much less danger in our spacious Mobile, Alabama, headquarters, so we have little more than a taste of what Donny Ramsuchit (pictured above at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center) has to go through during these times.

The short piece gives a peek into the life of a man who is working hard to keep a 19-story hospital fully functional, so please take the time to check it out and reflect on the story. As always, thank you, elevator people, for providing your essential services!

VT Takes Center Stage at London Station

The IanVisits blog took a detailed look at London’s Farringdon Crossrail station last month. Scheduled to be one of the first Crossrail (a new east-west railway) stations to open next year, the station has history dating back to 1863. The massive renovation will combine the London Underground, Thameslink and the Elizabeth line with more than 150 trains per hour passing though at peak times and connections to three airports.

On one end, escalators and an inclined lift that matches the angle of the escalators offer an “elegant solution,” the source notes. Also, there’s warmer lighting on the platforms than in the corridors leading to the escalators, which is hoped to affect on how people move, “with people instinctively gravitating towards the warmer tones of the platform when they leave the escalators.”

Be sure to check out the post on IanVisits for many more station details and great photos.

Creativity in Cabins Combats Coronavirus

Our last post, “Fighting Coronavirus,” mentioned using toothpicks to push elevator buttons, but the concept is being taken to another level in this elevator. As The National reports, this elevator in Dubai has introduced a toothpick-bottle-foam method, instead of a bottle of hand sanitizer.

While the “six-foot rule” of social distancing can’t be followed in most cabins, like the one here, it seems prudent to do what you can in such an enclosed space as a typical elevator cab. This Central Park Towers, DIFC elevator (also in Dubai) sports tape and footprint stickers to help give guidelines for a bit of separation.

The article also has another example of the toothpick method that confuses me a bit and a video of it in use in another elevator. So, head over there and stay safe!