Modern business in Hamilton is largely powered by the mobility of products, service delivery, and the people whose innovative ideas make all these happen. This creates the need for safe and efficient travel, and elevators are the safest way to do that, beating out installations like escalators, or even heavy machinery such as cars. Just take a look at Toronto’s tallest landmark, the CN Tower — standing at 533 metres, the CN Tower is hailed as one of the tallest free-standing structures in the world with an equivalent of 147 storeys, and unless you like climbing of a thousand steps of stairs on the regular, the best way to experience the iconic Toronto skyline is to traverse this height via fast and safe elevator ride clocking in at just a little over a minute and a half.
Structural and Mobility Advantages
Elevators have become integral in the design and function of modern buildings in Hamilton, and it's because of their numerous spatial, mobility, and even aesthetic advantages. For one, elevator installations are considerably more compact than a flight of stairs, promoting both a smart use of space and aesthetic value as their facades can be customized to suit an overall interior design. On the mobility front, elevators promote a smooth flow of foot traffic and utmost accessibility as they are disability-friendly. And as for safety, look no further — the horrors of getting trapped between floors are actually far and few when compared to the number of accidents that the elderly suffer from falling down on the stairs.
Since their development, elevators have gotten a bad reputation for shutting down and trapping passengers between floors, which cause utter chaos, especially in the face of emergencies. In reality, a lot of elevator breakdowns occur because of overfilled cars that are forced to transport loads beyond their maximum capacity, hence the vast technical improvements in load sensors so users can be prevented from overloading elevators. While elevator safety is a top priority in every installation in Hamilton, it’s still important to review some basic do’s and don'ts to ensure a safe ride each time.
The best way to avoid accidents when riding elevators is to be mindful of the surroundings; this means watching your step when getting in or out, as well as holding the handrail to remain steady, especially on rides going up much taller buildings. In the event of a power outage or breakdown, it’s essential to try to remain as calm as possible and utilize available safety controls, such as the emergency alarm to alert building security to the situation. And while it would seem instinctive to try and find an escape route, the best thing to do after triggering the emergency alarm is to sit tight — opening the doors of a stuck elevator is highly unsafe when you are trapped in the mechanisms laid out in between solid floors. Finally — and perhaps the only time you should attempt this for going down more than a few storeys — take the stairs instead of the elevator in case of a fire to avoid getting trapped.
Elevators have come a long way since they were first invented — and in parallel development with skyscrapers that only get taller and achieve more structural breakthroughs. The future for this ingenious machine is bright and extensive, just as the possibilities for a compact, accessible, and modern use of valuable real estate.