A gentle voice, later reinforced by a siren, could remind people of this simple fact.
Unfortunately no politicians have been killed in them yet.
The film says no year of production but I think it is from around 1938-1939 because the Olympic Stadium is there, and the general tone is optimistic in the pre-war style.
It features prominently Kone Oy (still a major Finnish elevator and escalator manufacturer) so it might be produced for or by it.
I recall someone trying to take a ladder that was slightly too long for the compartment up a floor in it; I didn't see it but everybody on our floor heard the noise of what it did to the ladder.
I'm told that it was traditional when showing the apprentices the lift to let them have a go and then hit the emergency stop button once they were in the pit at the bottom.
It was very unnerving the first few times I used it but one became blasé about it rather quickly. Probably too quickly and definitely too blasé.
Good fun, more time than your classic elevator pitch and no one got hurt :)
It's great fun to guess who's arriving -- a bit like the old 56k modem days when downloading a JPEG took minutes. :)
In motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5HrUGiFDeg
Overtravel In Lift Is Not Dangerous, But Not Recommended
Either way, i never went round either end of that lift. But i still got stuck in it once, when it broke down. Now i regret not having overtravelled.
Interestingly, the removal of the paternoster lift from the main library was cited as a reason not to give it listed status: http://list.historicengland.org.uk/resultsingle_print.aspx?u...
The Dental Hospital in Birmingham also had paternosters around that time, but only staff were allowed to use them.
I remember the first time I rode the thing all the way - a complete revolution, and the trepidation I felt, not really knowing what would happen when the lift got to the top.
Not to mention the exhilaration of jumping on and off the thing and wondering what would happen if I tripped and my legs got caught.
It's basically a continual ladder running through holes in the floor in a continual loop. The best picture I can find is something like this: http://www.americanbeltmanlift.com/main.png
I'd be really interested to find out how many people have been injured or killed using typical elevators versus paternoster (obviously taking into account how many more people have used the former).
I assume insurance companies have already done the math on this and that's why they were phased out.
A Paternoster is probably fine as long as there is also a regular lift somewhere in the building for people who can't use the Paternoster easily.
If I understand it correctly, paternosters are so rare that current elevator safety standards ignore them as a separate category and lump paternosters together with normal elevators without cabin doors. Probably every paternoster currently in use not only has safety sensors preventing (reasonably sized) objects being caught between cabin and platform but has had them since it was installed. Similar mechanisms are being retrofitted onto elevators without cabin doors but the implementation is different (as elevator-style proximity sensor that interlocks cabin movement would obviously negate any benefits of paternoster)
There are a few safety features that help you to not get chopped in half. The front of each platform flaps up on a hinge, so if you got a limb under it while its moving down it just flaps up (the red board on the photo). Also there's a sort of trip wire along the upper edge (you can just see it in the photo) so if a limb of a rider is protruding while they're riding up and touches the wire the whole thing emergency stops.
We felt quite safe on it, and even perfected some fancy dismounting techniques (backward rolls and such) :)
Google gave me both a nice video showing a paternoster in action and a different way to (attempt to) improve safety: regulations. Apparently (https://youtu.be/1z7rp5OXFnU), in Frankfurt, Germany, they introduced rules such as 'one person in a cabin' and 'take your backpack off during a ride'.
They also require one to take an 'exam' that consists of reading a single-sheet of paper and deployed personnel checking that (I checked the date on the video; it's from nowhere near April, 1. Also, it's from a series called 'real lunacy')
"Im November 2011 wurde der „Paternoster-Führerschein“
allerdings wieder abgeschafft, da nun zusätzliche Warn-
und Hinweisschilder für die Sicherheit der Paternoster-
Benutzer ausreichend sein sollen."
Edit: It's quite visible on this image if you know what to look for: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paternoster#/media/File:Paterno...
Notice the (large-ish) "micro-switch" in front of the perforated panel on the right and quite large gap between cabin roof and paneling between cabins on the left.
He says, "see, that's how safety nuts try to undo natural seletion". Takes a good, contrarian bite, badly burning his chin, lips and tongue.
If you are one of those people that lack both of them - you should take the stairs.
I mean, we could make stairs safer. We could install foam pits at every landing, cover the steps with tons of padding like at a climbing gym, then make everyone ascending or descending put on a harness and clip onto a guide wire. We have the technology to do all of those things, and it probably reduce the number of people who fall down the stairs and crack their skull on the concrete, but we don't. We don't because we accept that a few people dying on occasion is a better outcome than spending the time and money to completely sterilize our world.
And that's not even getting into the fact that people take fewer precautions when things seem safer...
- Slash military spending. (At least militant nations which send killers to other countries.)
- Use efficient transportation systems, not each person drives some clumsy car which is even mostly unused.
- More efficient healthcare system.
Sounds terribly unsafe now that I think about it :S
It is a great elevator and you have to do some effort to kill yourself (someone has unfortunately). It had a tray with a cutout switch that when you would get stuck between floor and elevator would stop it and building security had to reset it.
I have done many a lap in the elevator for fun :).
I wonder if that's a car Paternoster...
It helps that the building has been refurbished and now looks like it came straight from Mad Men.
Unless my English is way worse than I thought they're saying that they managed to get 50 students to the top floor by paternoster in ~10 minutes, while the elevator .. managed to bring up 10 persons in the same time?
1) That building seems to have 18 floors. Not 200. What kind of elevator is that..? Is it even moving?
2) The camera shows the inside of the elevator when the comparison begins. I count 13 heads.
(in the video at 4:00)
"The paternoster got its 50 students to the 18th floor in 9 minutes, 20 seconds. In the same time the conventional lift only managed to transport 10 people to the top"
I like riding a paternoster. But this comparison seems a bit off. Or alternatively the elevator is really, really slow and happens to lose a couple of people on every ride..