Some very interesting factoids about elevators that might surprise you.
- There are about 325 million elevator rides every day (escalators average 245 rides per day)
- Each elevator carries 20,000 people per year
- All elevators put together carry the equivalent of the Earth’s population every 3 days
- Elevators in the US travel 7.2 trillion feet or 1.36 billion miles per year
With that many people riding elevators daily, this warning from the government needs to be shared as much as possible.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Waupaca Elevator Company, of Appleton, Wis., are reannouncing a 2018 recall and warning consumers not to use recalled Waupaca elevators until an overspeed safety device is installed by a local dealer. There have been incidents reported of the elevators falling unexpectedly without the overspeed safety device installed, including one resulting in a death.
Consumers should not use the recalled elevators until the overspeed safety device is installed. Waupaca and its dealers have an extensive backlog of overspeed safety device installations, which may take several years to complete.
The elevators were recalled in October 2018 because the elevator cab can fall unexpectedly to the bottom of the elevator shaft and stop abruptly, posing an injury hazard to consumers inside the elevator cab. As part of the 2018 recall, Waupaca agreed to provide consumers with a free gearbox inspection and to install a free overspeed safety device, and a free gearbox, if the oil sample test shows an elevated level of wear in the oil.