KONE to Provide Elevator and Escalator Safety Awareness to School Children as part of Safety Week


KONE Inc., press release, May 14, 2013

KONE Inc. announced today that its local branches will present the Safe-T Rider program to 12 schools across the country in honor of Safety Week. The programs will teach safe elevator and escalator riding habits to young children.

The program will reach a total of 1,080 children in eight states, including four schools in the Quad Cities of Ill. and Iowa, as well as schools in Atlanta; Chicago; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; Detroit, Mich.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Springfield, Ill.

"Safety Week is a time for KONE to re-commit to passenger safety," said Corey Ward, Vice President of Environmental Health & Safety for KONE Americas. "We're thankful for the opportunity to use this time to educate young riders on elevator safety and to help prevent incidents through the Safe-T Rider program."

KONE has dedicated Safety Week (May 13-17) to educating employees and the public on safety at work and while riding vertical transportation. In addition to Safe-T Rider presentations, KONE will be conducting safety training for its customers and employees.

KONE adopted the Safe-T Rider program in 2009 when it accepted the challenge to take its safety message to the school districts of each of its branches. In four years, KONE has provided elevator and escalator education to nearly 30,000 children in over 25 states and provinces.

The Safe-T Rider program was created by the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) in 1993 with the goal of keeping children safe on elevators, escalators, and moving sidewalks.

For further information, please contact:
Kellie Lindquist, Marketing Manager, KONE Inc., tel. +1 630 955 4202Call: +1 630 955 4202

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernization solutions. In 2015, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8,6 billion, and at the end of the year close to 50,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

For more information, see www.kone.us