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What to Do if You’re in a Stalled Elevator

In light of recent tragic and highly publicized accidents involving stalled elevators, it is important to restate the many measures the building transportation industry undertakes to provide a consistently high standard of safety.

Following a few simple guidelines can help the riding public further improve elevator safety if an elevator stalls.

    1. Press the “Door Open” Button

      Always press the “Door Open” button first. If you are at a landing, the door will open. Then, slowly and carefully step out of the elevator. The elevator may, or may not, be perfectly level with the landing floor, so it is important to watch your step and proceed with caution.

 

  1. Use Available Communication

    Elevators are equipped with a phone system and/or alarm button.

    Push the phone button and wait for a response. In newer elevators, the phone button may be labeled “HELP.” When pushed, the button places a call to an individual trained to take action. It also gives the exact location of the building and elevator you are in. A verbal response and/or visual signal will indicate that help is on the way. In older buildings, there may only be a button marked “ALARM” that will sound an emergency alarm within the building. Trained personnel should make contact with you when they arrive at the building.

  2. Remain Calm

    Remember to stay calm, you are still safe. Never attempt to open the door manually. After using the phone button or alarm button, wait for trained emergency responders to arrive. Even if the temperature feels warmer, there is plenty of air circulating in the elevator and its hoistway.

  3. Relax, and Do Not Attempt to Leave

    DO NOT attempt to exit the elevator if the car has not returned to a landing and opened its doors on its own. Exiting a stalled elevator is extremely dangerous and requires trained emergency responders to assist passengers so they can exit in a controlled and protected manner. While often challenging in an unfamiliar situation, the best thing you can do is to relax, get comfortable, and wait for assistance.      You may be inconvenienced, but you are safe.

    The industry adheres to a stringent set of codes and standards adopted by state and local jurisdictions outlining the maintenance and inspection requirements to help ensure the safety of its products and passengers. Building owners and managers must engage service providers, such as the National Elevator Industry, Inc.   (NEII®) member companies, to perform maintenance and repairs as well as industry inspectors who provide oversight. While no system can ever be failsafe, the accidents that occurred recently were avoidable. It is our collective responsibility as manufacturers, owners, managers and inspectors – to uphold this overall commitment to safety.

    For more information on vertical transportation safety, please visit the NEII Elevator Safety page.

 

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII   promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about  NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

NEII Announces New 2015 Board of Directors and Trust Committee

Highlights

  • New Board will further the association’s mission and implement the Long-Range Strategic Plan, the foundation for action by NEII ®
  • Trust Committee will continue to administer the rights and obligations of the organization regarding building transportation industry benefit plan trusts

SALEM, N.Y. (April 2, 2015) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced today the election of its new Board of Directors, including officers and Trust Committee members. These elections became effective April 1, 2015, and were made in conjunction with NEII‘s 81st annual meeting held in Chicago, IL. The newly elected Board of Directors and officers include:

    • Larry Wash, President – Wash currently serves as KONE Americas executive vice president, a position he’s held since 2012. Wash previously worked as president of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, as vice president of service and contracting business for Trane within North and Latin America and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

 

    • Sterrett Lloyd, Vice President – Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his lifetime of industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
    • Michael Bauschka, Treasurer – Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Americas., where he leads the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the region. He has more than 20 years of experience in this role.
    • Edward A. Donoghue, Secretary – Donoghue is the spokesperson and managing director for NEII. He has served NEII for over 40 years, acted as chair of numerous industry organizations and is one of the foremost authorities on elevator codes and safety, formerly serving as NEII‘s Codes and Safety Consultant.
    • Richard T. Hussey, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Hussey serves as chief executive officer of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.
    • Michael Corbo, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Corbo is general manager/senior vice president of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.’s elevator and escalator division. Corbo has more than 25 years of industry experience and has been involved with NEII for eleven years, including serving as NEII‘s board president from 2005 to 2007.
    • Katsuji Okuda, Fujitec America, Inc. – Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 29 years of experience with Fujitec North America.

 

    • Greg Ergenbright, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Ergenbright is president, Schindler North America, where he is responsible for operations for Schindler in the United States and Canada. Ergenbright has more than 15 years in the elevator industry.

 

  • Tom Vining, Otis Elevator Company – Vining is president, Otis Americas, where he is responsible for the overall leadership and operating performance of Otis in North and South America. He has more than 25 years of industry experience.

 

The NEII Board of Directors manages and directs the affairs of the association as it pertains to its mission, to promote safety in new and existing building transportation; advance laws and regulations that permit the introduction of safe, innovative technology; endorse adoption of current model codes by local government agencies; and advocate responsible laws and regulations at all levels of government.

Trust Committee
The Trust Committee is solely responsible for administering the rights and obligations of NEII regarding the NEII Benefits and Educational Trusts. The Trust Committee includes:

  • Christine Petranchuk, Otis Elevator Company – Petranchuk is vice president of human resources for Otis Americas and has more than 16 years of human resources experience.
  • Jared Baker, Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. – Baker serves as vice president of human resources and administration for Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.
  • Ken Dzierzawiec, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Dzierzawiec is director of labor relations for Schindler Elevator Corporation and has more than 25 years of labor relations experience.
  • J. Patrick Heaney, ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company – Heaney serves as vice president of labor relations for the U.S. field operations of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation.
  • Charles Moore, KONE Americas – Moore holds the position of senior vice president of human resources, for the Americas region.

“I am honored and excited to begin my tenure as president with this Board of talented individuals and proven leaders in the building transportation industry,” said Lawrence Wash, president of NEII. “The success of this organization is a direct result of the hard work and deep commitment they have consistently shown to expand NEII‘s leadership position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety, steer the adoption of the latest innovations in the industry and ensure the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

National Elevator Industry, Inc. Celebrates 100 Years of Leadership

Highlights

  • 2014 marks 100 years of industry leadership for elevator/escalator trade organization
  • For the last century, NEII® has been the preeminent trade association and foremost authority for codes and standards in the building transportation industry

SALEM, N.Y. (July 15, 2014) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first recorded meeting of the Elevator Manufactures’ Association (EMA), which later became NEII.

In 1914, the first meeting took place in the Iroquois Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y. The trade organization was initially established in response to changing urban environments and the need for codes to safeguard the riding public in elevators. The organization developed the first model elevator code which would serve as the basis for today’s modern ASME A17.1 safety codes.

As the premier trade association for the building transportation industry, NEII‘s principle responsibilities remain the promotion and advocacy of the latest safety codes and standards, endorsing the adoption of the latest model codes by local government agencies and encouraging the introduction of safe, innovative building transportation technology.

NEII‘s timeline encompasses many notable milestones, including:

    • Development of the first model elevator safety code; “Uniform Regulations for the Construction and Installation of Passenger and Freight Elevators” in 1917.

 

    • Release of “Elevator Layout Standards,” which later became the “Building Transportation Standards and Guidelines, NEII-1,” providing invaluable information on all products, standards, guidelines and terminology associated with vertical transportation.

 

    • Development and distribution of “Safety Regulations for Field Employees” in conjunction with the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC).

 

  • Launch of CodeFinder in 2006, a single-resource for NEII member companies to find accurate, up-to-date information on all the local codes, standards and regulations that affect business and safety practices.

A detailed history of the organization can be found on NEII‘s website.

NEII‘s story is one of unprecedented industry leadership, cooperation and achievement,” said Richard T. Hussey, president of NEII. “As we celebrate our centennial, we also look to our next 100 years of helping make the elevator industry even safer, more sustainable and innovative for our customers, employees and the riding public.”

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

NEII Appoints New President/Vice President to Board of Directors

Highlights

  • New members and officers to further the association’s mission and implement Long-Range Strategic Plan to serve as the basis of action by NEII®
  • Promotion of safety in building transportation for new and existing technologies is a chief objective

SALEM, N.Y. (September 18, 2012) – The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced today the appointment of two new officers, including the president and vice president, and one new member to the Board of Directors. These elections became effective September 13, 2012, and were made in conjunction with NEII fall Board of Directors meeting held in Atlantic City, NJ. The newly elected Board of Directors and officers include:

    • Richard T. Hussey, President – Hussey serves as CEO and President of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas Operating Unit, where he is responsible for all business operations in North and South America.
    • Sterrett Lloyd, Vice President – Lloyd currently holds the position of president at Draka Elevator Products, a business unit of the Prysmian Group, where he directs the company’s worldwide operations. He began his lifetime of industry service as a contractor and is the third generation of his family to work in the industry.
    • Larry Wash, KONE Inc. – Wash currently serves as the President for KONE Americas, a position he’s held since 2012. Wash previously worked as president of Global Services for the Climate Solutions sector of Ingersoll Rand, as vice president of service and contracting business for Trane within North and Latin America and in various leadership roles with Xerox and Eastman Kodak.

      “I am honored and excited to work with this Board of talented individuals and proven leaders in the building transportation industry,” says Richard Hussey, president, NEII Board of Directors. “The success of this organization is a direct result of the hard work and deep commitment they have shown to expanding NEII’s leadership position as an authority in the areas of codes and safety, ushering the adoption of the latest innovations in the industry and ensuring the safety of both the riding public and elevator technicians.”

      Members and officers continuing their roles with the NEII Board of Directors will be:

    • Michael Bauschka, Treasurer – Bauschka is the controller and treasurer for KONE Inc., where he leads the general accounting, treasury and tax functions for the Americas. He has more than 20 years of experience in this role.
    • Edward A. Donoghue, Secretary – Donoghue is the spokesperson and managing director for NEII. He has served NEII for over 40 years, acted as chair of numerous industry organizations and is one of the foremost authorities on elevator codes and safety, formerly serving as NEII’s Codes and Safety Consultant.
    • Michael Corbo, Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA, Inc. – Corbo is general manager/senior vice president of Mitsubishi Electric & Electronics USA’s elevator and escalator division. Corbo has more than 25 years of industry experience and has been involved with NEII for seven years; including serving as NEII’s board president from 2005 to 2007.
    • Randy Wilcox, Otis Elevator Company – Wilcox currently holds the position of president, North and South America Area (NSAA) for Otis Elevator Company, where he is responsible for all business operations in these regions. He has more than 30 years of industry experience and previously served three terms as the NEII President.
    • Katsuji Okuda, Fujitec America, Inc. – Okuda is responsible for managing all aspects of Fujitec America operations, including engineering, manufacturing, sales, marketing and service in more than 14 cities. He has 28 years of experience with Fujitec North America.

 

  • Jakob Züger, Schindler Elevator Corporation – Züger serves as chief executive officer, Schindler Americas, with responsibility for North, Central and South America. He previously served as chief executive officer of Schindler Elevator Ltd., Ebikon/Switzerland.

 

The NEII Board of Directors is responsible for managing and directing the affairs of the association as it pertains to its mission statement, including driving the formation of codes and standards, providing and supporting educational activities and acting as a conduit for communicating industry information.

About NEII
National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII) is the premier national trade association representing the interest of firms that install, maintain and/or manufacture elevators, escalators, moving walks and other building transportation products, including parts or components. NEII promotes safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. NEII membership includes the major elevator companies in the United States, if not the world. NEII offers Regular, Trust and Individual memberships. For more information about NEII, please visit www.neii.org.

NEII Announces New Government Affairs Consultant

Highlights

  • Primary focus will be on adoption of model codes and standards, the Model Elevator Law, and responsible legislation related to the advancement of safety, sound engineering practices and technologies within the industry.
  • Primary focus will be on adoption of model codes and standards, the Model Elevator Law, and responsible legislation related to the advancement of safety, sound engineering practices and technologies within the industry.

SALEM, N.Y. – (November 29, 2010) — The National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) announced today that it has engaged the services of Amy J. Blankenbiller to act as Government Affairs Consultant, effective November 1st. In this new role, Blankenbiller will work with the NEII Government Affairs Committee to strengthen the association’s efforts in state and local governments. She will also assess, develop, coordinate and manage NEII’s governmental, legislative and regulatory activities, including those conducted with the IUEC and/or the Elevator Work Preservation Fund (EIWPF).

Ms. Blankenbiller will provide advice, counsel and direction to the Government Affairs Committee, Legal Advisory Group and NEII Board of Directors, and manage relationships with potential lobbyists. Major targets of these activities include state legislatures and regulatory authorities throughout the U.S. and major municipal entities (e.g., New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, etc.).

NEII focuses its government affairs efforts on codes, standards, the Model Elevator Law (MEL), responsible legislation and regulation related to the advancement of public and industry employee safety, and sound engineering practices and technologies within the industry.

Blankenbiller comes to NEII with more than 22 years of experience in government relations, regulatory development, business management and corporate leadership. Blankenbiller is president and founder of AJB Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm working with associations, organizations and private businesses to implement government policy strategies. Formerly, Blankenbiller was the President and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

“We continually search for new ways to engage the industry and advance NEII’s objectives in the areas of codes and safety,” says Ed Donoghue, managing director, National Elevator Industry, Inc. “Ms. Blankenbiller’s proven strengths in government relations and regulatory development will optimize NEII’s presence in these areas. I’m looking forward to working closely with her over the coming years as we continue to foster and promote the interests of our members.”

About NEII
NEII, the national trade association of the building transportation industry, was established to promote safe building transportation for new and existing products and technologies, the adoption of current codes by local government agencies, and to encourage responsible legislation and regulatory measures at all levels of government. Regular membership is available to those corporations, firms or companies that, as part of their normal business operations, provide or perform any of the following: manufacturing (including parts or components used by others in the manufacture, repair or maintenance), installation, or the repair and maintenance of elevators, escalators, moving walks and related equipment. Trust membership is available to those corporations, firms, or companies that, as part of their regular business, employ members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) and contribute to the benefit trusts (Trusts) established by agreements between the IUEC and NEII. Individual memberships are available to persons who are not employees of NEII member companies or organizations. NEII promotes safe building transportation and works with various organizations on the formation, adoption and enforcement of the latest building transportation codes and standards. For more information about NEII, log on to www.neii.org.