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February 2007 UCOP Safety Meeting. Be Smart About Wellness. Be Smart about your Personal Health by taking you medical plan’s Health Risk Assessment 15-20 minute online questionnaire Provides a personalized report on your current health status

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February 2007 ucop safety meeting

February 2007UCOP Safety Meeting


Be Smart About Wellness

Be Smart about your Personal Health by taking you medical plan’s Health Risk Assessment

  • 15-20 minute online questionnaire

  • Provides a personalized report on your current health status

  • Take recommended action and get involved in UCOP wellness programs and services

  • Watch for brown bag tutorials at UCOP



Statistical information on elevators
Statistical Information on Elevators

  • In the United States*

    • Estimated 600,000 Elevators

    • Over 120 Billion Elevator Riders Each Year

    • Over 575 Million Riders take an Elevator or Escalator in the U.S. daily.

      • *Source: Elevator World, Inc. (June 1996)

  • UC Elevator Incidents

    • 20 Reported Claims From 1995

    • Loss of Over $800,000 for Claims

    • Reduced Quality of Life


Elevator fatalities injuries
Elevator Fatalities & Injuries

  • Elevator & Escalator Passenger Fatalities (1997 – 2003)*

    • *Source – Center to Protect Workers Rights, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH)/Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

  • U.S. Consumer Product & Safety Commission

    • Estimate 11,000 Elevator-Related Injuries per Year


How do elevators work
How Do Elevators Work

  • Low Rise Buildings – Hydraulic

    • Fluid-Driven Piston

    • http://science.howstuffworks.com/elevator1.htm

  • Mid-to High Rise Buildings - Cable

    • Traction Steel Ropes: 4 to 8 Cables

    • http://science.howstuffworks.com/elevator3.htm

  • Elevator Safety Systems

    • Cable Elevators – Braking System if Car Moves Too Fast & Governor to Catch Cable

    • Electromagnetic Brakes


Elevator capacity
Elevator Capacity

  • 1111 Franklin Street – 3500 lbs (23 People)

  • Kaiser Building – 3000 lbs (20 People)

  • 415 20th Street – 5000 lbs (31 People)


Elevator doors
Elevator Doors

  • Two Doors

    • Door on Each Floor

    • Elevator Door (Door on the Car)

  • Computer Operates Door

    • Gear on Elevator Door to Open Floor Door

  • Doors Have Sensors Not to Close If Someone is Between Doors

    • Always a Possibility for Sensors to Malfunction


Elevator safety rules
Elevator Safety Rules

  • Watch Your Step Entering & Exiting – Look Down

    • Elevator May Not Be Level to the Floor

    • Watch the Gap (Especially High Heels)

  • Leave Closing Doors Alone

    • Door Sensors Are Not Always Reliable

    • Fatality in 2003 – Person Stuck in Door

  • Never Enter an Elevator with A Suspicious Looking Person Inside


Elevator safety rules1
Elevator Safety Rules

  • Never Try to Leave a Stalled Car

    • Ring the Alarm Button and Wait

    • Serious Injuries & Fatalities Have Occurred from Passengers Attempting to Exit Stalled Elevator Car


Elevator safety trips approaching elevators
Elevator Safety TripsApproaching Elevators

  • Stand Aside for Exiting Passengers

  • If Elevator is Full – Wait for Next Car

  • Don’t Try to Stop Closing Doors – Wait for the Next Elevator

  • Fire or Other Situation(s) That Could Lead to Disruption of Electrical Service – Take the Stairs


Entering and exiting elevators
Entering and Exiting Elevators

  • Once on Board, Press Floor Button & Move to Rear to Make Room for Others

  • Stand Clear of Doors, Keep Clothes & Carry-ons Away From the Doors

  • Push “DOOR OPEN” to Hold Doors Open

  • Passengers Nearest Doors Should Move First


When riding elevators
When Riding Elevators

  • Stand Next to Elevator Walls

  • Hold Hand Rails if Available

  • Pay Attention to Floor Indicators & Be Prepared to Exit at Your Destination

  • If Doors Do Not Open When Elevator Stops:

    • First Push “DOOR OPEN” Button

    • If Door Still Does Not Open, Ring Alarm or Use the Intercom or Phone

    • Wait Until Qualified Person Can Assist You

    • Do Not Attempt to Pry the Doors Open


Elevator safety reminder
Elevator Safety Reminder

  • Elevators are mechanical devices – The majority of the elevator-related injuries and fatalities have occurred when passengers attempt to override the mechanical and safety devices of the elevator.



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