There was another elevator accident on 5/26/15 involving a facilities person or a maintenance mechanic in Bloomington, IL. It is not clear to me if the person was an elevator mechanic or a building maintenance/facilities person at this point in time. The result of the accident was death due to getting hit or crushed with the counter weights.
Last week I was at a 6 story building with 2 gear less traction elevators that went 400fpm and one was silent moving up and down and the other had a noisy roller guide. In the world of elevators, 400fpm are not fast elevators. When I was in the hoist way you just felt the elevator without the noisy roller guide pass you[silent as a mouse], there would not be time to react before getting hit by the elevator if you were in the wrong place at the wrong time and did not take the necessary precautions to enter the hoist way.
If you have not reviewed the Elevator Industry Field Employees’ Safety Handbook lately please do. If you do not have a copy of this hand book as the company you work for to get you one or buy one.
Available from - http://www.elevatorbooks.com/Products/2015SAFHB/2015-field-employees-safety-handbook.aspx
The books are $11.00.
People that are not considered elevator personnel should not be in an elevator hoist way unsupervised.
Definition of elevator personnel – Person who have been trained the construction, maintenance, repair, inspection, or testing of equipment. Definition from ASME A17.1-2013/CSA B44-13
Again, if you do not qualify as elevator personnel you should not be in an elevator hoist way without the supervision of someone that does qualify as elevator personnel.
This is a terribly way to remind everyone in the elevator world of how dangerous our profession is and everyone needs to be careful when working in and around elevators. Be safe! We all want to see the Black Hawks win another Stanley Cup!