Safety

At DC Elevator, safety is a core value. In all aspects of our business, the safety of our clients, their passengers, operators, and our employees come first. It is engrained in all what we do.

Safety is Our Concern

For us at DC Elevator, and the elevator industry in general, safety is a primary concern. Your safety as you use an elevator or lift, installed or serviced by us, the safety of our installers and technicians as they work on-site or at any of our locations, and the safety of authorized personnel and emergency responders as they access site and devices.

Elevator Mechanic at Work

Safety is Our Responsibility

As part of our responsibility, we have joined programs and initiatives like the AGC of Kentucky’s PROTECT Program or KEMI’s Workplace Safety. While public recognition and awards are visible indicators of our dedication to safety, the real value of everyday commitment is to keep all parties involved safe from harm.

KEMI Award Trophys

Elevator Passenger Safety

Elevators are an essential aspect of our everyday life, especially if you live and work in a city. Numerous people ride elevators on their way to and from work every day, in residential and commercial buildings. Passenger safety is our main concern, and our combined experience of over 340 years is vested in providing you with the safest and most pleasant ride possible.

Passengers in an Elevator

Basic Passenger Safety Rules

Chances are you are using an elevator today. The following simple rules will make it a great and safe experience for your fellow passengers and you:

  • Always let other passengers exit the elevator before you board it
  • Make sure to enter and exit promptly
  • Watch your step entering and exiting, and check if the elevator is level
  • Push the door open button if others enter after you
  • Don’t block closing doors with your body, hands or feet
  • In case of an emergency, use the help/alarm button, intercom, or telephone
  • If you’re stuck, please wait for help to arrive
  • Don’t try to pry doors open
  • Never climb out of a stuck elevator
  • In case of a fire, use the stairs instead

Link: Safety Resources at the National Association of Elevator Contractors Website
Link: Safe-T-Riders – Kids Program

Workplace Safety

Do you know the “Fatal Four?” According to a 2013 OSHA study, falls are with 40% the leading cause of worker fatality. The other three reasons for the untimely demise are getting struck by an item, falling prey to electrocution, and being caught between two objects.

In our line of business, it takes a combination of rigid safety standards, ongoing training, careful preparation, focused care, keen awareness, and stalwart responsibility to avoid workplace and worksite accidents.

Hoistway of a Hydraulic Elevator

Worker Safety

Our elevator mechanics install, fix, and maintain elevators, escalators, lifts, and moving walkways. They work in confined spaces and at elevations, carry heavy equipment and parts, and risk exposure to high voltages, hazardous materials, and chemicals. That’s why they have to use caution at all times.

While on the job, elevator mechanics can’t be distracted by cellphones or loud music, can’t be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can’t play practical jokes or horse around, and under no circumstance put themselves in harm’s way – willingly or unwillingly.

They wear proper attire and personal protective equipment, like hard hats, respirators, eye, and hearing protection. It’s their prerogative to use the right tools, follow lockout/tagout (LO-TO) procedures, obey all safety signs, and take breaks as needed. When they operate in an elevated location, fall protection is of utmost importance.

Motor at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Elevator Machine Room

Fall and Ladder Protection

Gravity does not discriminate; experience alone is not enough to prevent one from falling accidents. When our mechanics work in and around the hoistway, they wear personal protective equipment at all times. A particular fall arrest system of anchorage connector, bodywear, and a connecting device, installed professionally with a snug fit for the elevator mechanic and respect to the hoistway clearance, prevents a potential fall.

Proper OSHA-compliant ladders with a 1-A rating are part of the elevator mechanic’s equipment; one can’t use buckets, crates, and chairs as makeshift ladders. Pending the job, one uses a straight, step, or extension ladder, free of oil, grease, and other slipping hazards. Only one person can utilize the ladder at the same time and is not allowed to climb on guard rails to reach machinery.

Electrical Safety

Since all equipment is motorized, the presence of electrical current is a given. Any area with live circuits is accessible for qualified personnel only, and our elevator mechanics always treat all circuits as such. Proper FR-rated clothing, EH-rated footwear, and insulated gloves help to prevent them from harm and exposure to arc flash hazards.

Electrical Equipment

Worksite Safety

Our elevator mechanics are planning their work thoroughly. To avoid injury, trip, and fall hazards, they prepare the worksite accordingly and label it as such. On-site, they minimize exposure to noise, dust, debris, particles, and vibration as much as possible, secure objects and themselves, and wear protective gear.

Proper ventilation, illumination, cleanliness, an unobstructed mean of egress, and protection against unauthorized access go a long way in keeping our elevator mechanic safe.

Hard Hats Are Mandatory in the Work Area

Vertical Awareness

Due to the verticality of the profession, being struck by objects on-site is a common risk for elevator mechanics. One cannot store tools on divider beams, and or leave parts, lubricants, etc. on elevator cars. While our elevator mechanics are on the job, no other trades are allowed to work in the hoistway above or below their position. Nobody is permitted to execute welding or cutting operations during this time.

Safety Process

Spanning four decades, DC Elevator has developed a process for safety to which all employees adhere. The Company Safety Policy and Employee Handbook is detailing all aspects of said process. Spanning ten chapters, it informs all employees about codes and standards, application and registration, inspection and training, quality assurance, enforcement, safety partnership programs, and maintenance requirements.

The AGC of Kentucky Is One of Our Program Partners

Culture of Safety

Safety preparedness is not at all purely theoretical; it begins with the company itself.  Just as lifelong learning is mandatory for our employees, It is the responsibility of DC Elevator as an employer to foster a culture of safety.

For them to feel safe while performing their job, day after day, we provide them with the tools, equipment, and protective gear they need to work safely. Because safety is our top priority, we rely on all employees to make suggestions for safety improvements.

Thomas Blethen, DC Elevator, and Bruce Evans, Henderson Services

Leadership and Safety

Employee safety concerns are taken seriously by our leadership – we not only encourage employees to report safety issues to the management; we demand it. Our safety rules and guidelines are respected and followed by employees, and consistently enforced. We never sacrifice safety for production, because we value our employees over our revenue.

Founder Danny Breaden and President Steve Bowlds

As Founder Danny Breaden puts it, “DC Elevator was, is, and will in the future only be successful because of its employees. I have always felt that way. It’s the people.”

If you have questions, concerns, or idea for improvement on all matters of safety at DC Elevator, please contact us or call us at (859) 254-8224. Thank you!