In Chongqing, a.k.a. 8D Magic City, in western China, the city’s metro system plays a very important role in daily life. In response to the possibly extremely heavy passenger traffic during the upcoming National Day holiday, Chongqing Rail Line 4 Construction and Operation Co., Ltd., in partnership with Chongqing office of Hitachi Elevator (China) Co., Ltd. (Hitachi Elevator), launched a safety campaign at Toutang Station along Line 4 of Chongqing Rail Transit on September 28, with the participation of Chongqing Jiangbei District Administration for Market Regulation.
Yang Bo, deputy director of Chongqing Jiangbei District Administration for Market Regulation, delivered a speech at the event, "Situated in the central part of Chongqing, Jiangbei District has a large number of elevators and escalators distributed throughout the area, and some of them have been in use for a long time. In order to keep passenger traffic moving efficiently through the metro stations as well as in the buildings where elevators have been installed, we have made substantial efforts in recent years to roll out a series of elevator safety initiatives, including Jiangbei District Safe Elevator Riding Action, Elevator Quality and Safety Enhancement Action, Elevator Safety and Major Parts Special Sample Inspection and Paperless Maintenance of Elevators, with the goal of putting an end to all major accidents."
Li Haimin, deputy secretary of the Party Working Committee of Chongqing Rail Line 4 Construction and Operation Co., Ltd., said, "The management of Line 4 of Chongqing Rail Transit will assume its responsibilities for the management of the elevators and escalators under its purview, assuring the safe and smooth operation of the special equipment. We are going to work with elevator maintenance services providers to conduct public education campaigns on elevator safety regularly, in a move to guarantee the safety of passengers."
During the event, Hitachi Elevator elaborated on the safe use of elevators and how to quickly respond to an emergency situation. At the same time, Chongqing Jiangbei District Administration for Market Regulation and Hitachi Elevator’s Chongqing office also provided elevators riders as well the general public with information concerning the laws and regulations on safe production, and answered their questions about safety. The inspiring event attracted a lot of passersby to stop to have a look.
As one of the highlights of the event, the subway escalator emergency rescue drill was a real attention-getter, with many passersby stopping to watch. The joint subway rescue team was highly appreciated by the audience for their high efficiency and obvious strong commitment. The drill simulated an emergency accident situation where a passenger had become trapped in the elevator. 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.
Hitachi provided the 117 elevators and escalators installed across Chongqing Rail Transit, ensuring the friction-free movement of hundreds of thousands of riders every day. In response to the heavy traffic during holidays, Hitachi Elevator and the rail transit system will strengthen their equipment safety and management inspections, raise public awareness around safety, and provide guidance on how to take elevators safely, alongside careful daily maintenance, in a move to maximize the personal safety of riders during rush hours.
About Metro·Shuttling through Cities Safely
The Metro·Shuttling through Cities Safely is a public education campaign initiated by Hitachi Elevator with the aim of providing metro riders with knowledge of elevator safety. With the combination of offline publicity campaigns and emergency rescue drills, Hitachi Elevator is committed to working with market supervision agencies, rail transport construction firms and metro operators across China with the goal of allowing everyone to gain a good understanding of best practices when it comes to elevators and escalators by sharing information on the most appropriate ways of taking the conveyances, preventing inappropriate behavior in their use, and improving safety and quick response capabilities in various application scenarios, making urban public transport services better with strong support from all walks of life.