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Week of 12/06/21

EXCITING CHANGES FOR ELEVATOR WORLD PODCAST

The ELEVATOR WORLD Podcast is changing from daily to once a week, on Fridays, when we will highlight some of the biggest industry news from the past week. In the coming year, the podcast will be revamped to included more interviews, discussion of current events, weekly news highlights and more.

OTIS ELEVATOR AIR-FLOW STUDY PUBLISHED IN PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL

“Airflow and Elevators,” an academic study commissioned by Otis about how elevator airflow affects potential exposure to COVID-19, has been accepted for publication in ScienceDirect’s peer-reviewed journal Building and Environment, Otis announced in November. Findings remain the same: Thanks to significant air exchange by code-required design, taking an elevator is a low-risk activity during the pandemic, with the rate of exposure lower than that of outdoor dining and comparable to that of shopping in a grocery store. Otis observes that many publications share news about academic/scientific studies only if they are published in peer-reviewed journals. Now that the study has been approved through a peer-review process, Otis expects to see it published in additional news outlets. In November, for example, USA Today included it in a COVID-19 news roundup.

Week of 11/29/21

BOY DIES AFTER FALLING OFF ELEVATOR IN ZIRAKPUR, INDIA

An 18-year-old boy died after falling out of an open elevator at a warehouse in Zirakpur, India, The Tribune reported in November. The boy was working at the hardware shop while school was closed and had gone to unload goods when he fell. The boy’s father got a call from the shop owner that his son had fallen and was injured. When he came, he found his son dead. Zirakpur Station House Officer Omkar Singh Brar said, “The victim fell off the elevator installed for lifting goods. No complaint has been received so far.”

Week of 11/22/21

EW PROJECT OF THE YEAR WINNERS

ELEVATOR WORLD is pleased to report the winners of the 2022 Project of the Year contest. Winning projects, which will be featured in our January 2022 issue, are (with category): Ascent in NYC submitted by Liberty Elevator (Elevators, New Construction); Scotia Plaza in Toronto submitted by Schindler Elevator Canada (Elevators, Modernization); Taichung MRT in Taichung, Taiwan, submitted by Otis (Escalators, New Construction); New York Marriott Marquis in NYC submitted by KONE (Escalators, Modernization); Beijing Winter Olympics Jumping Center in Zhangjiakou, China, submitted by Suzhou Rhine Lift Manufacture (Inclined Lifts); Taiyuan Botanical Garden in Taiyuan, China, submitted by TK Elevator Asia-Pacific (Moving Walks); NYC Housing Authority Refuse Lifts in NYC submitted by Gillespie Corp. (Platform Lifts and Stairway Chairlifts); Emirates Hills Private Residence Elevator in Emirates Hills, U.A.E. submitted by Toshiba Elevator Middle East (Private-Residence Elevators); and Residential Car Elevator submitted by Quest Elevator Co. of Mississauga, Canada (Special-Purpose Elevators).

Week of 11/15/21

IEES IN AMSTERDAM: NEW DATES ARE JANUARY 31-FEBRUARY 1

Due to the Dutch government's November announcement of a series of three-week lockdowns as coronavirus cases increased across the country, the International Elevator & Escalator Symposium (IEES), previously scheduled on December 6-7, 2021, at Hotel Okura in Amsterdam, has been rescheduled to January 31-February 1, 2022. Hotel Okura remains the host venue, and rooms that were secured will remain so. Attendee ticket holders do not need to make any changes to participate, and those who already booked rooms at Hotel Okura may have their reservations changed free-of-charge by IEES organizers or hotel staff. Exhibitor booths will be ready on the relevant date. For more information, email symposium organizers.

Week of 11/08/21

BHOPAL SET TO OPEN INDIA’S FIRST WORLD-CLASS STATION

Habibganj railway station in Bhopal, which has been re-developed as the country’s first world-class station, complete with facilities equivalent to a modern airport, is to be dedicated on November 15 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, The New Indian Express reports. The station has been equipped with modern facilities after being developed by the Indian Railways Station Development Corp. at a cost of Rs 450 crore (US$60.5 million). The renewed station will feature lifts, escalators and moving walks, and will have amenities including lounges, ATMs and more. A senior official from the Railway Board said the escalators and moving walks give the station “an ultramodern look.” The job includes fire safety, crowd management, access control and CCTV surveillance. The station also is following green-design norms, such as lights operated by an energy-efficient system with solar-energy backup. Other facilities like washrooms, catering points, drinking water kiosks and senior citizen-friendly amenities have also been provided. There is a water treatment plant for reuse of water, and a 24-hour Wi-Fi service. The source reported that the railway ministry is working to develop 123 world-class railway stations following the mode of the Bhopal design.

7-YEAR-OLD GIRL DIES IN ELEVATOR SHAFT FALL IN MUMBAI

"Shock due to multiple injuries" was the cause of death for a 7-year-old girl who fell down an elevator shaft in the Sion neighborhood of Mumbai, India, on November 5, Mid-Day reports. The child was playing hide-and-seek with her friends on the fourth floor of a building when she ran to the front door of an elevator. That door, which normally would have had to be pulled open, suddenly opened to an empty shaft, with the elevator on the ground floor. The girl was declared dead on arrival at a local hospital, and an Accidental Death Report was filed.

Week of 11/01/21

BOY HURT AFTER FALLING THROUGH ESCALATOR GAP IN INDIA

A child visiting a multistory textile showroom in Madurai, India, with his mother and aunt was hurt November 2 when he fell from the fifth floor after slipping through a gap next to the escalator, The Hindu reports. While the women were looking at some of the store’s products, the boy put his hand on the escalator handrail, which pulled him to the gap. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was being treated for head injuries. The incident is being investigated by police, but the women said improper upkeep made the escalator unsafe for children.

FIVE, INCLUDING CHILDREN, INJURED IN MUMBAI ELEVATOR COLLAPSE

Five people, including a 3-year-old and a 7-year-old, were hospitalized in stable condition after an elevator collapsed in south Mumbai on October 30, Mid-Day is among outlets to report. Residents called police and the fire brigade to the late-evening incident, which happened at a 19-story Slum Rehabilitation Authority building in Byculla.

Week of 10/25/21

TOSHIBA JOHNSON ELEVATORS (INDIA) TO SUPPLY 168 ELEVATORS

Toshiba Johnson Elevators (India) won orders to supply 168 elevators at three flagship projects of RMZ Corp., Telangana Today reports. Toshiba Johnson will install, maintain and operate 63 elevators at Nexity in Hyderabad, 35 elevators at RMZ Spire in Hyderabad and 70 elevators at RMZ Ecoworld 30 in Bengaluru. The company will supply its compact machine-room ELCOSMO-III-L elevators and machine-room-less SPACEL-III and SPACEL-III-L elevator series that incorporate various energy- and time-saving technologies. The company will also offer air purifiers in every lift, turnstile-mounted displays, integration with RMZ software for touchless car calling for the Destination Control System (DCS), and LCD displays with live-feed servers for all passenger lifts. The Elevator Management System allows for monitoring and controlling of elevators, the regenerative drive in all the lifts will optimize the power consumption, the roller guides offer low noise and smoother ride quality and the turnstile integration system in lifts with DCS will ensure seamless ingress and shorter dwelling time for passengers.