Recent News Reveals Elevator Rides Turned Tragic. What Can We Do?
This blog post references a recent event that was by all accounts a tragedy, but we’re not here to scare you or point fingers. We simply want to raise awareness that elevator accidents can occur anywhere. What can you do to improve the situation?
It’s something you never want to see happen: a New York man suffered a fatal accident in an elevator located in his luxury apartment building. His neighbors watched helplessly, and could do nothing.
Sam Waisbren, 30, tried his best to escape the elevator as it quickly descended from the lobby; he was ultimately crushed between the elevator car and the shaft wall, according to authorities. First responders pronounced Waisbren dead at the scene. The medical examiner’s office ruled the death an accident, according to CNN. 911 had been called.
Moments like these that make us take stock of our lives, and — if you’re a property manager — reevaluate your building’s safety processes beyond meeting codes and standards. It’s important that we pay attention to accidents like this one in order to emphasize the importance of maintaining and paying extra care and attention to our elevators- a key cog when it comes to property safety. Now is the time to take a closer look at your elevator system and see how it would measure up in a similar situation.
We all know elevators malfunction, in the worst cases resulting in an unnecessary tragedy and much more commonly, in the everyday emergency. What can you do to improve the situation? While not all mishaps are preventable, the best answer we can give is proactivity. Be attentive to your elevators; consistently and diligently look into them and make sure they are performing properly and look for signs of any issues. Commit yourself to elevator safety- after all, your elevators are some of the most high-traffic areas on your property.
Elevator codes and requirements are in place for our safety.
Elevator codes and standards are developed by various official bodies including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Code Council (ICC) who develops the International Building Code (IBC).
It’s important for us to understand that elevator codes aren’t in place just to pass an inspection on paper, but to help ensure the safety of the many passengers who frequent our elevators on a daily basis.
It is essential that we understand elevator safety codes and why they are in place- see our blog post: Your Quick and Easy Elevator Code Checklist. *Keep in mind, ASME is currently finalizing the 2019 edition of the Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators (A17.1/B44), with specific changes made to the elevator communications code section, to be published by the end of this year. Keep an eye out for updates from us about what this will mean for you and your elevators. It’s always important to note: these code updates ONLY apply to elevators permitted for construction or modernization (alteration) after the code is published and adopted by the state where the elevator is located. It will not impact existing elevators which are not undergoing modernization.
Going beyond code compliance, building managers and property managers are responsible for our tenants when onsite, especially in a high-traffic, highly utilized area such as an elevator. Instead of treating an elevator inspection as a line item to pass, we must prioritize them as we do other key property life safety items- the bare minimum is not enough.
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