Adrian Crane

A Classic ‘Spotlight’ for September

Adrian Crane, one of our Regional Directors based in our North West Office, takes to the spotlight for September.

1. What does your typical day at Classic Lifts involve?
As the company is growing there aren’t many quiet moments at Classic Lifts.  My working day will be split into dealing with things that need immediate attention, planning what we’re doing in the future, reviewing what has gone well or not so well and organising the necessary resources or arrangements to get the jobs done. Lifts are obviously at the centre of what we do but my job tends to be more dealing around the peripherals of lifts. Customers, suppliers, staff, systems and processes all present different challenges but without them all in place, present and correct, we wouldn’t be able to service or install a lift and remain a sustainable business in the first place.

2. What’s your favourite way to spend time out of work?
I like to relax at home or keep active when outdoors and do this with a bit of mountain biking, dog walking or getting involved with both my daughters different football teams. They are 11 & 14 now so their football playing aspirations have taken priority over my own.

3. What’s your favourite lift in the world and why?
I don’t have a favourite lift but I will always remember standing in the elevator lobby of The World Trade Centre during the late 90s. I was amazed by the seemingly endless lifts each side and the sheer size of the arrangement. The fact that the buildings are no longer here unfortunately reinforces the memory.

4. Tell us something we didn’t know about lifts….
Lifts are arguably the safest mechanical means of transport on the planet. Statistics show that on average only 1 in 12 million elevator journeys results in some kind of problem that adversely affects a human (having to use the stairs does not count as an adverse effect). Usually it’s a minor fault such as doors failing to open that causes the problem, although some people seem to have an inaccurate perception that the lift could free-fall with them in it.

In keeping with The World Trade Centre disaster mentioned above there have only ever been two recorded incidents of electric traction lifts free falling down lift shafts. The first was in 1945 when an American B-52 bomber accidentally hit The Empire State Building in thick fog. The impact severed the main suspension cables and the secondary safety cable of one elevator and the lift and its unfortunate occupants had a free-fall of 75 floors with a disastrous outcome. The second incident on September 11th 2001 is likely to be fresher in most peoples memories so doesn’t really need an explanation. Although as there were 95 lifts in each tower we can only imagine what happened to some of them.