Dangers Of Distractions In The Elevator Industry – A 3 Story Fall

‘Distractions are bad. You can’t do this job and be distracted” says retired Elevator Constructor recalling three-story fall early in career. “This story is about distractions,” continues Wayne Mason, a retired elevator constructor from Dallas-Fort Worth.

ElevatorInfo had the opportunity to sit down with Wayne, as the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) Local 21 retiree highlighted his career in the elevator trade. Wayne recalled a very happy day for him and his wife – the day the young couple signed for their first home. What was a special day for Wayne and his bride became a horrific one when the elevator constructor fell three stories into a dark, damp elevator pit.

After detailing his near-death experience, Wayne goes on to explain to ElevatorInfo that no worker should ever discount safety. He makes a point that if a person is distracted at his or her job, that individual is not doing the job correctly – and when working in the elevator industry, a seemingly minor distraction can lead to a life-or-death situation.