CEA Holiday Party Date/Location Set

Please join us for the Annual Chicago Elevator Association Holiday Party Wednesday December 3rd, 2014 at 6:30 pm.

Click/Print & Fax to: 708-371-2477

Dana Hotel & Spa
660 North State Street, Chicago IL 60654
(312) 202-6000

CEA Upcoming Events:
January 1st – No Meeting – Happy New Year!
February 5th – Guest Speaker Code Data Plate
March 5th – Guest Speaker RBN & Associates
Please respond no later than, December 2, 2014, via e-mail or fax: ceamail@flash.net or (708) 371-2477
Cornelius Walls (President) / Chris Nowakowski (Vice President) / Tom Przybyla (Sec/Treasurer)

Member Name: Number of Attendee’s:

Members are allowed 1 person from each company free of charge additional person at the cost of $65.00 each Non-members $95.00 each

Wednesday – December 3rd, 2014 – @ 6:30 P.M.
Live Music, Food, Drinks, Prizes Come Celebrate with Us!
New Orleans Beau and the Big Easy Band

City of Chicago Extends Fire Service Compliance Deadline for Elevators

FYI: News From the City of Chicago:

Chicago City Council voted 11/10/2014 to extend the deadline for the installation of Phase II upgrades until January 1, 2017.  The linked download below is the actual language of the ordinance.

11-10-2014 extend deadline ordinance.pdf

Chicago Elevator Association

CEA November Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out for the meeting at Tuscano’s in Schiller Park on November 6th. Attendance was a packed house for this event, which made it a very enjoyable evening for all the members.

There was a presentation given by Elizabeth Scanlan, Director of Code Development, Department of Buildings, from the City of Chicago.

The topic was on the city’s AIC program. Beth’s insight on the programs elevator equipment Certificates, Inspections, Codes, Permits, and the programs knowledge, were appreciated by all the members in attendance. Everyone left this meeting with a clearer understanding of how the City of Chicago’s annual inspection program is progressing.

There was a special video message sent to the CEA from Felicia Davis the Commissioner of Buildings for the City of Chicago. She was sorry she could not attend the meeting in person, liked she had planned. Through the video she was able to send a message to the CEA members, the City’s direction with enforcing the up coming inspections. It was nice to see the City’s positive attitude towards getting information spread to our members.

CEA elections were accomplished at this meeting. The following are the new officers. President Cornelius Walls, Vice President Chris Nowakowski, and Secretary/ Treasurer Tom Przybyla. Thank You for volunteering.

December 3rd is our Annual Christmas Party, and it is going to be at a new location this year. Dana Hotel and Spa 600 North State Street, Chicago brings the party to downtown. Mark your calendars you will not want to miss this event.

CEA NEWS CREW 11/07/14

Next Meeting Thursday November 6th

Dinner at Tuscano’s 6:30 pm
4926 N. River Road
Schiller Park, IL 60176
Phone: 847-678-2800

Meeting Flyer: CEA Meeting November 2014-RevB.pdf

November Newsletter: CEANovember 2014 news.pdf

Guest Speakers
City of Chicago Commissioner of Buildings
Felicia Davis

CEA Upcoming Events:
December 3rd – Annual Christmas Party
January 1st – No Meeting
February 5th – Guest Speaker – Code Data Plate

Please respond no later than, November 5, 2014, via e-mail or fax: mail:ceamail@flash.net or (708) 371-2477
Kevin Ryan (President) / Cornelius Walls (Vice President) / Tom Przybyla (Sec/Treasurer)
Member Name: Number of Attendee’s:

These members attended the Last Meeting, Come join us in November!


October 2, 2014 Meeting Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out for the meeting at Champps in Lombard on October 2nd. Attendance was a packed house for this event, which made it a very enjoyable evening for all the members

There was a presentation given by John Thompson of Thompson Elevator Inspection Service from Mount Prospect Illinois.

The topic was on the 2015 Elevator inspection updates. John’s insight on the new inspection updates, and the programs knowledge, were appreciated by all the members in attendance. Everyone left this meeting with a clearer understanding of how Thompson inspection program is progressing.

From Thompson Elevator Inspection Service – Attached is the Upgrade guideline as well as the “Upgrade Unit Info Sheet” to be submitted for permit/plan review by Thompson Elevator – this captures the “DNA” of the elevator for processing.  It will accompany the other plan review docs which are 1. Scope of Work on Installer’s Letterhead 2. Spec/Cutsheets of the equipment described in scope of work 3. Drawings Layouts (this is needed for the pit ladders) 4. any additional docs that “tell the story” of the installation.  Submittal will be 3 sets all marked FINAL.  Note: permits are required for all the upgrade work no matter when the work is started.  Note 2: for non-Thompson jurisdiction, please check with the appropriate folks for requirements on plan submittal.

ASME A17 Upgrades.pdf

August 2014-2015 Upgrade Letter to Elev Co-to OSFM for review approval-Rev 4,pdf –  10/7/2014

The Code committee report came from James Herrity and John Rearick, two A17 Committee members who were in town this week for a ASME meeting. It was very nice to hear the positive outlook from the past couple months on the positive work that’s been completed with A17.1, A17.2 and A17.3.

November’s meeting RBN & Associates will be presenting on insurance requirements in 2015. You don’t want to miss this presentation.

Mark your calendars for the next meeting on November 6th at the Tuscano’s in Schiller Park.

CEA NEWS CREW 10/07/14

Mayoral Proclamation 2014

Rahm_officialPhoto[1]City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclamed November 9-15, 2014 the 20th Annual Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week in Chicago. The elevator community and the EESF appreciates the mayors support.

Official Proclamation
Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week_2014.pdf

Visit and support the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation today by visiting http://www.eesf.org today


Elevator Safety Rules

When you approach an elevator:

– Know your destination. Push elevator call button for the direction you want to go.
– Stand aside for exiting passengers.
– Wait for the next car, if the elevator is full.
– Take the stairs if there is a fire
– Do not try to stop a closing door. Wait for the next elevator.

  • When you enter and leave an elevator:

    – Enter and exit carefully. Step up or down if the elevator floor and hall floor are not level.
    – Hold children and pets firmly.
    – Stand clear of the doors – keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
    – Push and hold the DOOR OPEN button if the doors need to be held open, or ask someone to push the button for you.

  • When riding on the elevator:

    – Stand next to the elevator wall.
    – Hold the handrail if available.
    – Pay attention to the floor indications.
    – If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, push the DOOR OPEN button.

  • What to Do in the Event of a Delay

    – Push or pull the Alarm button to call for assistance.
    – Phone for help, if a phone is available. An intercom or hands free phone may be available. Follow instructions for their use.
    – Pry not! Do not force open the elevator doors. Do not attempt to leave the elevator.
    – Patience, please. You are safe and there is plenty of air. So relax and wait for help

Types of Elevators

  • Hydraulic Elevator (in buildings of 2-5 floors)

    Moves the elevator car by pumping oil in and out of a steel cylinder — like the auto lifts in a car repair shop.

  • Traction Elevator (usually in buildings with more than 5 floors)

    An electric motor moves the enclosed car and a counter-weight between steel tracks. This car is suspended by a series of steel cables wrapped around a rotating drive which makes the car go up and down. Any single cable can support many times the weight of a fully loaded car.

Elevator Myths & Fears

  • MYTH: Many people believe elevators are held up by only one rope that can break, leaving passengers trapped in a falling car.

    TRUTH: Elevators are supported by multiple steel cables. Each cable alone can support a fully loaded car.

  • MYTH: Some people believe they have been in an elevator where the elevator car fell several floors and then “caught itself”.

    TRUTH: This feeling is a mystery. Elevator experts believe people may think this happened because they 1) got on an elevator going in a different direction than expected, or 2) saw the elevator floor indicator lights flash by quickly which gave the visual impression of falling.

  • MYTH: Some people believe the hall doors will open when an elevator is not there.

    TRUTH: The truth is that the elevator car controls whether the hall doors open. If the car is not at the landing, the hall doors can’t open because their opening can only be triggered by the arriving car engaging an unlocking device after the elevator has stopped at the landing.

  • MYTH: Some people believe that if an elevator is stuck between floors that they are in danger of falling and should try to get out.

    TRUTH: Absolutely not! Leaving the car on your own could result in injury. Elevator cars are designed as “safe rooms”. The safest place is inside the car. Ring the alarm and wait for help. Leave the car only with the assistance of professional rescuers.

  • MYTH: Pushing the CALL button repeatedly will make the elevator appear faster.

    TRUTH: The call is registered just once; movement is in response to the elevator controllers.

  • MYTH: Pushing the DOOR CLOSE button closes the doors faster.

    TRUTH: It may cause the doors to close sooner, but not faster. However, if a buzzer sounds, the doors may close slower; it is important to get out of the doorway as quickly as possible.


    Elevator Rules & Rationale

    Enter and exit carefully. Observe the entrance floor. Step up or down if elevator floor and hall floor aren’t level with each other. Before entering, stand aside and allow exiting passengers to get off.

    It is very important to pay attention to the level of the floor when entering and exiting an elevator. On occasion, the hall floor may not be exactly even with the elevator floor. Paying attention will prevent passengers from tripping. Step over the gap.

    Watch for closing doors. Only touch or stop them if they are expected to interfere with passage.

    Although many elevators doors are provided with protective edges designed to reopen when touched they should be treated like any moving equipment. Contact should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. It is also important to enter and exit quickly. Press or ask another passenger to press the door open button (reversing the doors) to allow a slow mover the time to enter or exit. Stand clear, let the doors close and keep both your and children’s hands and clothing away from the doors.

    If the doors don’t open when the elevator stops, ring the alarm button and wait. Never force the doors open or try to exit.

    Attempting to force the doors open is dangerous because the elevator could resume travel without warning and seriously injure someone. For some it will be difficult to wait but alternatives are much worse. The inside of the elevator is the safest place. There are plenty of dangers in the hoistway which is not designed for people. Only trained specialists know how to safely remove passengers or restart the elevator. Chances of the elevator falling are extremely rare as any one of the many required cables can individually hold a fully loaded elevator in place. Even under the horrifying conditions of the World Trade Center bombing, hundreds trapped in elevators were rescued by elevator industry specialists and firemen, many in minutes. Use the alarm button or stay on the phone if there is one, stay calm and most importantly stay inside. When help arrives, follow instructions for a safe exit.

    In case of fire, never use the elevator, use the stairs.

    Building codes require exit stairwells to provide a good measure of protection in case of fire. Stairwell doors are heavy and usually totally enclosed and well lighted and designed to protect people from smoke and fire. In addition, on stairs you control the option of going up or down to avoid the fire and smoke. Elevator shafts are often not sealed and act as a chimney thereby attracting the smoke.

    Most modern elevators are programmed to automatically return to the ground floor when the alarm is triggered. They will shut down and remain available for fire fighters only, so they won’t respond to calls. You may waste precious time in a fire waiting for an elevator that doesn’t come. Always use the stairs.

    If those in authority determine that it is safe for the building occupants to use certain elevators, announcements will be made. Follow directions.

    A handicapped individual would be safer moving to the stairwell to await rescue or to be carried down away from the fire and smoke. Those in authority may direct otherwise and their instructions should be followed.

    Above tips are shared from the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation – visit http://www.eesf.org for more information.