Wednesday, August 03, 2011
What is the proper etiquette for exiting and entering an elevator? People waiting to board an elevator should step aside and let the riders inside exit first, then enter and step to the rear of the cabin.
This allows for better passenger flow. Thanks to Elisha Graves Otis, born on this date in 1811, we don't need to climb to the seventh floor with our groceries.
We can get into the elevator, push a button and be carried. Otis didn't invent the elevator; he invented something possibly even more important — the elevator brake. Hoists were in use already, but they were considered very dangerous, since they ran the risk of falling.
Otis outfitted them with a steel wagon spring that meshed with a ratchet. This spring helped to pave the way for the building of skyscrapers.
Quote: "There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs." — Anonymous