Did you know…?

 

  • Elevators are twenty times safer than escalators. There are twenty times more elevators than escalators, but only 1/3 more accidents.
  • Elevators are also safer than cars. An average of 26 people die in elevators each year in the U.S. There are 26 car deaths every five hours.
  • Most people who die in elevators are elevator technicians.
  • The Otis Elevator Company carry the equivalent of the world’s population in their elevators every five days.
  • The New York Marriott was the first to introduce a smart elevator system that assigned passengers to elevators depending on what floor they were heading to.
  • The myth about jumping just before impact in a falling elevator is just that — myth. You can’t jump fast enough to counteract the speed of falling. And you wouldn’t know when to jump.
  • Due to the laws of physics, elevators can’t be any taller than 1700 feet. Hoist ropes become too heavy after that, snapping at 3200 feet.
  • http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/04/21/080421fa_fact_paumgarten?currentPage=all
    http://gizmodo.com/380741/things-you-dont-know-about-modern-elevators

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