There are thousands of escalators in the U.A.E that transport billions of passengers per year. We rely on these machines every day to get us from place to place, which unfortunately makes many of us take them for granted. At Atlas Elevators, passenger safety is our number one concern, however, not even scheduled maintenance and best practices can prevent injuries caused by equipment misuse.
As the holiday season approaches, escalators will see a surge in traffic as people flock to malls and department stores for holiday season shopping and end of season sales, as well as the millions that will head to airports. Escalators enable large amounts of people to move from place to place quickly. It’s important to remember that these machines require you to be attentive while riding, and avoid situations that put you and other riders at risk.
To raise awareness of potential safety risks, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the elevator and escalator code authority of Ontario, Canada, has produced a set of public safety videos demonstrating activities that increase the risk of injury on an escalator. We find these videos a good reminder, and warning, of the increased dangers of equipment misuse during the holiday shopping madness.
Children can often mistake an escalator as a fun ride and easily put themselves in harm’s way. Parents need to keep a watchful eye on children on an escalator. Something as innocuous as a dropped toy can result in an injury if a child were to reach down to the comb plate.
Though two plain steel doors have come to define elevators through the years, elevators have been increasingly built using diverse materials and designs. Glass elevators is among them an attractive solution, and is used as home elevators, passenger elevators in luxury and commercial buildings, as well as panoramic elevators.
But glass elevators don’t really have any glass in them. These elevators are transparent and resemble glass, hence the name. Glass elevators are in fact made of lightweight acrylic that is also stronger and resistant to breakage than glass. Actual glass is an impractical material for elevators, as it is heavy and fragile. These elevators can be pneumatic or cable-driven. The former uses vaccum for ascend and descend, is extremely compact, and requires no hoistway or shaft. These elevators are perfect for homes and panoramic elevators. Cable-driven elevators, on the other hand, use cable-and-drum attachments to lift or drop elevator cars along the shafts. They can carry heavier loads when compared to pneumatic elevators.
The glass-like panels make these elevators more attractive than conventional elevators. In tall buildings, they offer fantastic views of cities below, especially in Dubai. Contact Atlas Elevators to install high quality glass elevators in your buildings!