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EU rules...

PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 5:25 pm
by manfred
In Germany quite a few public buildings have so called "pater noster" lifts. These are lifts without doors, which are in a slow, permanent movement. They have they advantage you never need to wait for a lift, and they have been around for a very long time. (The funny name stems from the Latin for "Our father", the Christian prayer, because when it was first introduced in Catholic Bavaria, some people used that expression by way of registering astonishment and apprehension.

Watch the clip to see one of the contraptions in action.

While these lifts have been used for over 90 years, the EU has issued a safety directive: Someone like a life-saver at a pool, has to watch the thing whenever in use. (The man on the chair near the lift.) And, would you believe it, you now need a "driving licence" to use it!. The clip is about a woman getting "lessons". The "life guard" guy is supposed to ask for user licences unless he is sure the user has one, and stop breaking rules. At the end he is asking an old man for his "licence", and he angrily responds that he never needed one , and he has used this kind of lift for 60 years.

The build in safety is if anything slightly pushes against the ceiling of any cab, it stops straight away, and that has been so since the first one ever built. And surprisingly there have been virtually no accidents with this kind of lift.

I am waiting for some poignant new rules once we are out of the EU.... maybe it will become illegal to make French Fries from British potatoes?

Re: EU rules...

PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:06 pm
by Hombre
Its in German. Also I am surprised no one has been injured in case of overload with hand or leg dangling out.

I couldn't understand the strange laughing machine in background

Re: EU rules...

PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:13 pm
by manfred
The laughing machine is daft... The clip is done by people taking the mickey out of the EU on a number of things.

It is difficult to overload the thing, as you can only fit in at most 2 people in a cab, and most of the time people use it on their own.

If there is anything "dangling out", there is a cut off switch.

I have only use one of those things a few times in my life, I think it was in Prague, but I must admit I find them scary.

Re: EU rules...

PostPosted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:34 pm
by Fernando
I've used one occasionally at the university librart, with trepidation. What always worried me was what happened if you stayed on and the compartment took you over the top and turned you upside down.
I suppose I should have searched for details in the library - no www in those days. I might do it tomorrow, if I don't feel too queasy.