On June 28, a "passenger" slipped and fell when his umbrella got stuck in the moving escalator steps at Chenjiazi Station on Guangzhou Metro Line 1.
After hearing the cry for help, station attendants arrived on the scene immediately to attend to the passenger, reported the event to the vehicle control room via the intercom system, and notified the elevator maintenance crew who then undertook an emergency inspection. The "passenger" was put on a stretcher and taken to the exit of the station to wait for an ambulance after his injury was confirmed.
It was exactly what happened during the 2022 subway elevator emergency rescue drill organized by Guangzhou Metro Group Co., Ltd., jointly with Guangzhou Administration for Market Regulation, 96333 Guangzhou Elevators Emergency Management Center, Guangzhou Liwan District Administration for Market Regulation and Hitachi Elevator (China) Co., Ltd.
Every June is National Safety Month in China. The theme for this year’s observance of the month is "Be the First Responsible Person in Compliance with Work Safety Law". The physical rehearsal, from the "passenger" falling down and becoming injured, subway staff providing medical treatment to the elevator maintenance crew immediately starting to troubleshoot, has helped all related parties gain considerable experience and enhance their emergency management capabilities throughout the public transport system.
Hitachi Elevator has been working with Guangzhou Metro since 1997 when several of its conveyances were first installed along Guangzhou Metro Line 1. These elevators and escalators have been in safe operation for more than 25 years.
At present, there are nearly 200 Hitachi elevators and escalators in operation across the whole of Guangzhou’s metro network, starting with the city’s earliest routes, Lines 1, 2, 3 to the latest additions, Lines 14, 18, 21 and the Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Line. Looking ahead, a further 1,400 Hitachi conveyances will be put into use along Lines 10, 11, 14 Phase II and other routes, making the provider a strong contributor to the rapid expansion of Guangzhou’s light rail network.
With China’s rapid urbanization and advancements in new infrastructure construction, higher requirements have been put in place stipulating more stringent expectations for travel efficiency and safety of all rail transportation. To this end, Hitachi Elevator has started implementing artificial intelligence, cloud computing, IoT and other technologies to empower existing transportation options and make the rail network more digital and intelligent, in a move to improve urban public transportation services and quality of life.
Xu Junjie, general manager of Engineering at Hitachi Elevator, said at the event that, in its rol as a manufacturer and service provider in the elevator industry, Hitachi Elevator has been paying great attention to the safe use of elevators. To date, the company has hosted more than 2,200 safety education activities with strong support and guidance from local government authorities. A series of elevator rescue drills and on-site simulation drills have been made a key part of the routine in a move to enhance elevator safety and emergency management efficiency across various application scenarios.