For safety’s sake, let’s make sure escalator passengers can find the stop button in an emergency. In some older units that can be a challenge, so here’s a solution.
Our new power stop and start stations are an excellent safety upgrade for your escalators and auto walks. By placing the Slimline Power Stop station at the top of the escalator handrail newel, it provides passengers with easier access and greater visibility.
Continuing our week of highlighting safety, today we want to shine our spotlight on our Escalator Comb Plate Impact Fixture Test Kit.
The adjustment of the combplate impact switches on all escalators is important in order to ensure safe and reliable operation of the equipment. This tool has been designed to make the adjustment and calibration process easier, and accurate.
This leads directly to greater safety for the riding public.
Every year claims are filed due to improperly barricaded escalators and walks.
People are getting hurt, some badly, and it’s usually out of a simple misconception that escalators can be turned off and used as a stationary stairway.
These incidents, injuries, and subsequent medical claims — and associated costs — can be prevented by simply barricading the ends of any unit you take out of service.
There are times when a customer will specifically request to take an escalator out of service and leave it unbarricaded to be used as stairs. We strongly recommend you take this opportunity to educate them on the dangers and liability involved, and also to let them know it is a code requirement that all units taken out of service must be barricaded. Escalators were not designed to be used as stationary stairways. Any property which turns off an escalator and leaves it unbarricaded for the public to use as a stairway is putting that public in danger.
We can’t stress this enough: Please make sure that you never leave a job site unless you’re sure all out of service units are properly and safely barricaded.
If you’re in need of a heavy duty, extra large safety barricade, we’ve got what we consider the best (and safest) in the industry:
Many essential businesses and institutions, including hospitals, rely on their elevators for critical operations. During the current pandemic, it is more important than ever to make sure these elevators continue running smoothly, and if they are shut down, they must be repaired as quickly as possible.
This is why our warehouse staff is also considered essential, as without them the spare parts won’t be shipped to the businesses which need them.
We want to take this opportunity to honor and thank these dedicated professionals who keep the flow of parts moving.
For everyone’s protection, temperatures are taken before anyone is allowed entry into the warehouse. This goes beyond our dedicated warehouse staff, as it also includes drivers and material handlers from the various shipping services as well.
Proper social distancing is enforced as mandatory, as is face covering. Again, this applies to everyone entering the premises, not just our employees.
To further enhance social distancing, we’ve staggered shifts in line with the various time zones to which we’re shipping, so that there are fewer people in the warehouse at the same time.
Meanwhile, all other KONE Spares employees are working from home to provide continued support for our industry.
Together, we will get through this unprecedented time in modern history. KONE Spares continues to be dedicated to our customers, and our customer’s customers, because as before, we will only succeed if you succeed.
We are with you in this. If you’re healthy, we hope you remain so, and if you, your team, or loved ones are affected, we are supporting you with prayer for a quick recovery.
And again, a huge heartfelt thank you to our warehouse staff, without whom the essential services would not be possible.
It’s hurricane season again, so we’re keeping this checklist up at the top of our blog. Let’s all make sure to stay safe, and if you need us, we’re here for you.
So, on to the hurricane preparedness list…
BEFORE THE HURRICANE
Check all sump pumps, float switches and alarms in elevator pits.
Close up all vents and openings in top of hoistway and machine room to prevent water from entering.
If elevators open to the outside, place sandbags along the bottom of hoistway doors. Since this makes the elevator unusable, do this just before shutting down the elevator.
DURING THE HURRICANE
Run elevators to the top floor of hoistway and pull the main breaker in the elevator machine room (not in the building’s main breaker room).
Park elevators with doors closed.
Do not operate elevators during the hurricane.
AFTER THE HURRICANE
Inspect the elevator pit, cab and machine room for any water. Do not energize main line breaker if water is found.
If water is found, call your elevator service provider immediately!
Do not attempt to start elevator if power is out – call your electric company
Even with the proper preparations, hurricanes often cause power outages and surges that can stop elevators between floors and entrap passengers, and worse, knock out the emergency communication system. Be aware that people may be trapped in elevators with no way to call for help. We can’t state this strongly enough: never try to exit, or attempt to help others exit, a stalled elevator without trained professional rescue workers on hand.
In this updated video we re-introduce our new game-changing combination safety brush and lighting system. Its a quick and relatively inexpensive way to improve both the safety and aesthetics of most escalators and autowalks.
Continuing our week of highlighting safety, today we want to introduce you to something we designed for ourselves, and now provide to the industry.
This is our Lift Aide system, which we developed to prevent strains or injury when lifting heavy escalator controllers in or out of escalator pits. The Lift Aide is certified with a lift capacity of 200 pounds, providing an easier means of removing heavy controllers for escalator servicing.
How does it work? A support bracket is permanently installed inside the escalator pit. The Lift-Aide easily slides into this support bracket, providing a safe and almost effortless means of lifting the controller out for service.
Extra brackets and hardware are available, so you can install them into all of the difficult units you have in service. That way only one Lift Aide is needed, as it can easily be moved from unit to unit.