Recent Elevator Mechanic Tragedies Reveal Need for Increased Worker Safety Measures
Elevator mechanics constantly work alone, allowing risks and dangers on top of an already dangerous job. Kings III and SoloProtect emphasize the need for lone worker safety for elevator mechanics because of such dangers.
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(Dallas, TX) As an industry-leading emergency communications company, and one specializing in vertical transportation, Kings III is familiar with those in the elevator industry and the inherent risks that come with the job. Kings III provides solutions for elevator and other help phones, and so as a company, we frequently work closely with elevator companies and maintenance contractors to keep the occupants of their elevators safe and able to summon help when needed. However, in light of recent news, it is becoming more and more clear that the elevator occupants are not the only ones who need safeguarding. We all know working on elevators can certainly be a dangerous job, highlighted more so perhaps by the fact that mechanics are working alone.
Unfortunately, while keeping up with elevator industry news, we see far too many stories about tragic outcomes for those that work on the vertical transportation we all have come so accustomed to. Just within a week of one another, an elevator mechanic in New York as well as an elevator mechanic in Illinois suffered fatal injuries on the job. While officials still remain unsure what exactly happened to the Illinois mechanic, the New York mechanic appears to have passed after being stuck between a steel ladder and a support beam for an extended amount of time, suggesting that he could have been saved had someone been around to help him sooner.
As made even more evident by these stories, elevator mechanics perform inherently dangerous job tasks. Several factors work together to create risks for these workers that those in other fields do not have to face. As you well know, elevator mechanics work with heavy equipment and electric machinery, both coming with unique risks that the worker must be cautious of and cannot always avoid. In addition to this, there is another detail about elevator work that raises much concern: while mechanics operate on this dangerous machinery, in a majority of cases, they operate alone with no one nearby. This is especially concerning because if they do run into a harmful situation, there is no one around to know that something has gone wrong or get them the help that they need in a timely manner. This is when accidents unnecessarily resulting in tragedy are preventable.
Here at Kings III, with our close work with elevator mechanics and even employing some of our own, we have a greater understanding and appreciation for these workplace risks. In fact, our President and Chief Operating Officer, Dennis Mason, came to us directly from the elevator industry, having spent more than twelve years as owner of southern California based Modern Elevator, before selling to the elevator division of a Dow Jones Industrial company in 2002. Prior to Kings III, Dennis also served as the Las Vegas project manager for Lerch, Bates and Associates, the world’s largest elevator consulting firm. Mason confirms the need for increased safety measures in the industry stating,
“There are many times where a mechanic is required to work alone in areas such as the hoistway, pit or machine room where they are a lone worker subject to significant risk. If a mechanic gets into trouble in one of these areas, the ability for someone to provide a quick response is very limited, especially if the mechanic becomes incapacitated,” says Mason.
Because of our belief in safety and our constant strive to supply peace of mind, Kings III has expanded into the worker safety business and is now the parent company of SoloProtect, a lone worker safety solution. When thinking of elevator mechanics and the many other occupations that regularly work alone, a question arises: if they were to run into danger, how soon would anyone know, and would this be in time to provide them the help that they may need? As responsible business owners and employers, we need to ensure we are constantly evaluating the risks that all of our employees face and arming them with the means to summon help and mitigate that risk where needed. SoloProtect’s goal is to help you make sure that these safety needs are being met.
With 25 years of experience, Kings III is the nation’s only full service provider of emergency communication solutions, providing help phone monitoring services throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since 2013, Kings III has expanded into the worker safety field, bringing together a proven device, a proven lone worker safety specialist via acquisition of SoloProtect and its own proven emergency communications expertise to provide an all-inclusive best of breed solution that Kings III customers have come to expect. The SoloProtect solution allows employers to empower their lone working staff to summon an immediate, reliable response at the push of a button whenever they may feel at risk. For more information, visit www.soloprotect.com/us.
Article Published 8.10.2015
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