The combplate impact device has been a required safety device per ASME A17.1 Safety Code for Elevators & Escalators since the early 1990’s. KONE Spares has developed combplate impact upgrade kits for all Montgomery HR Series escalators model types manufactured from the 1960’s thru the early 2000’s.
To learn more about this upgrade and why it’s an important safety feature, we invite you to watch this short informational video excerpted from our NAEC 2020 presentations:
For anyone who received this as an email and are having problems viewing the video, please use the link above to see it on the KONE Spares website.
When properly maintained, and used as intended, elevators and escalators are some of the safest methods of transportation in existence. But if you use a type of harness or leash on a small child, do not take your child on an elevator or escalator.
Anything dangling like a leash — as well as untied shoelaces, long coat straps, etc. — can be caught in moving equipment with disastrous consequences. This goes not only for escalators but elevators as well, as a child (or pet) on a leash could dart in or out of the cab as the doors close, the doors can catch the leash, and the elevator cab goes into motion … again with disastrous consequences.
The best way to protect children around moving equipment is to hold their hand and guide them safely. If using a baby cart or stroller, always use an elevator — never take them on an escalator. And always, always, always keep an eye on them. Do not let them play or linger around elevators, escalators, or even stairs.
Please help spread this important message.
Escalator & Autowalk Safety Tips
Instruct passengers to ride safely.
Hold the handrail.
Ride the escalator facing the appropriate direction of travel.
Do not lean over the handrail.
Keep feet away from the escalator’s sides.
Step over the combplates at the top and bottom of the escalator.
Children in strollers should never be transported on the escalator.
Physically challenged passengers should never use the escalator.
Do not transport freight on the escalator.
Attend and hold children’s hands when riding escalator.
Children should be accompanied by an adult and never left alone in the vicinity of an escalator.
Do not allow anyone, especially children to play on or around the escalator.
Do not jump on escalator.
Keep hands away from handrail inlets and step.
Elevator Safety Tips
Enter and exit the elevator promptly.
Watch your step when entering or exiting the elevator.
Children should always be accompanied by an adult when using the elevator.
Do not allow children to play on or around an elevator.
Children should be accompanied by an adult and never left alone in the vicinity of an elevator.
No unauthorized person should enter the elevator hoistway.
Elevators must not be used in the event of a fire or other emergency situations.
Do not transport any long objects by opening the car top emergency exit.
Do not jump in the car while the elevator is running.
Do not prevent the operation of the infrared door detection-cells with objects.
Never wedge an object or any part of the body in the path of a closing elevator door.
Comply with the stated number of persons/weight for the elevator.
When cleaning corridors or car interior, avoid sweeping water into the shaft.
Use the ‘stop’ and ‘alarm’ buttons only when required.
When calling the elevator, press only the button indicating the direction you wish to travel.
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.
A product we introduced for safety, we highly recommend using one of these maximum load determinators to test any unrated or questionable hoist points to make sure it will handle the load you intend to lift.