Throw Back Thursday

Throw Back Thursday! Great shot of Jim Bellas (Center) who was a Bay State Elevator employee for 53 years. Jim retired in 1999 and joined the company after serving in the Navy during WWII. He began his career in the drafting department, eventually transitioned to sales, and ended as a vice president of the company…. Read More “Throw Back Thursday”

Stay In The Game

Stay in the Game We all have exciting things going on in our lives outside of the elevator industry. Whether it is a big vacation that we have been waiting on for a long time, a holiday in which we get to see a lot of family or friends, or even just a much overdue… Read More “Stay In The Game”

Amoeba Music Elevator

Great shot of the Amoeba Music elevator from our NY service manager Ed Holley on his recent trip to California. Amoeba Music is a US independent music chain with stores in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Founded by former employees of nearby Rasputin Records, it opened on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley in 1990. The stores are unusually large given their independent status. The… Read More “Amoeba Music Elevator”

Complacency

This week’s safety topic comes to us from a local NEIEP instructor and focuses on an important topic … Complacency. Complacency While sitting alone at my dining room table, I opened the mail with my pocket knife; something I have done countless times. After opening all the day’s mail and reading some of it, I closed the… Read More “Complacency”

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade In the elevator trade our support and training of our field labor force is one of the most important things we can provide to our elevator technicians. Not only with the elevator equipment we install and maintain, but to also provide training on how to perform these tasks safely every day…. Read More “Tools of the Trade”

Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead Plan ahead! Sometimes we focus solely on the elevator trade, but if a fire breaks out in your home or workplace, you may have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. After the experience of my next door neighbor’s house burning down, and myself and the neighbors rushing to… Read More “Plan Ahead”

Safe Elevator Machine Room Access

Safe Elevator Machine Room Access Among the associated hazards that elevator mechanics often encounter in the elevator trade, elevator machine room access is often overlooked, but it poses a variety of threats to our health and safety. Our industry often includes job siteswhere we access parts of buildings that are infrequently occupied and hazards go unnoticed. Hazards associated with… Read More “Safe Elevator Machine Room Access”

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips Working in the elevator industry we often focus our safety efforts on what happens in the hoistway, but did you know that each year there are more than 4,000 cooking fires that occur on Thanksgiving Day? With the holidays just around the corner here are some helpful tips that extend beyond elevator… Read More “Thanksgiving Safety Tips”

Remember Why We Are Safe!

Remember Why We Are Safe! Every day we go to work without even thinking twice. We perform elevator work as if it is second nature: drive to work, place hands in hot controller, troubleshoot, get on elevator car top, drive to another location and do it all over again. Every now and then we mumble… Read More “Remember Why We Are Safe!”

17 Steps To Ensure Safe Hoisting Operations

Safe Hoisting Operations: 1. Read the Elevator Manufacturer’s Operating and Elevator Maintenance instructions. 2. Be familiar with operating controls, procedures, and warnings on the elevator materials. 3. Make sure that the elevator equipment is securely attached to a suitable support before applying load. 4. Maintain firm footing or be otherwise secured when operating unit. 5…. Read More “17 Steps To Ensure Safe Hoisting Operations”