A lot of our blog readers are people very familiar with elevators and the elevator industry: Elevator contractors, elevator technicians, general contractors, building owners and building managers. So when we hear about someone getting stuck in an elevator we tend to think it is not a big deal. Although it is an infrequent occurrence, it happens often enough that we tend to lose proper perspective and forget that it is real people being held prisoner in a wooden or metal box between stops.
Our industry tends to think, so you had to wait a couple of minutes to get out of the elevator, what’s the problem? No harm, no foul seems to sometimes be the prevailing attitude. Frankly, it is that attitude that needs some adjustment. There is real fear and angst that we need to recognize and address.
To help demonstrate what it means for the average person to get stuck, I am posting a link to an article written by someone that was stuck in an ever increasingly hot elevator with a baby, husband and two elderly women. Read it with an open mind and an open heart. My hope is that it will reinvigorate your efforts to keep your elevators safe, maintain them properly and respond properly when someone gets stuck. As a second resource here is a link to a post about what you should do if someone gets stuck and you are in charge for all you building managers especially.