As they are such an ingrained part of our lives, it is hard to believe that there are things we don’t already know about the modern elevator- however the team here at Elevators Ltd always love to shock our readers! In this blog, we’re going to question how much we all really know about this floor scaling contraption as we tell you a few facts about the modern elevator…
- The button in an elevator that is supposed to close the door actually doesn’t work. It is there for show to give users the illusion that they have control of the cab as the lifts are controlled by timers and sensors that open and close periodically.
- Many people fear elevators because Hollywood media present them as an accident waiting to happen. It is likely comforting to many to know that the only occurrence of an elevator car free falling due to a snapped cable occurred 72 years ago in 1945. With this said, the incident only occurred because a B25 Bomber crashed into the Empire State Building and severed the cables of the elevator. Interestingly, one cab on the 75th floor had a woman inside and she managed to survive because the 1000 feet of cable below softened the blow of the impact.
- An elevator is much safer than using a car as statistics show that around 26 people die in an elevator each year due to a range of causes whilst the same amount of people die in a car related incidents every 5 hours!
- Due to physics laws, an elevator cannot be any taller than 1700 feet as the ropes become too heavy and risk snapping.
If you’re looking for the best lift company around, get in contact with the team here at Elevators Ltd! Now you’re up to date with all the ‘good to know’ facts and figures about the modern elevator, it’s time to think about getting your own installed!