Safety Award Presented to David Cooper
The 2021 Sir Moir Lockhead Safety Award, awarded by the Society of Operations Engineers, has been presented to Eur ing Prof. David Cooper in recognition of tangible improvements in safety, according to an announcement by The Lift & Escalator Consultancy (LECS) (UK) Ltd. According to the release, “Cooper has dedicated an excess of 30 years of his 40-year engineering career to improving the safety of lift and escalator passengers and engineers. His research, analysis and recommendations have had far-reaching impacts and resulted in the implementation of new safety measures around the world.” Cooper’s research into “falls over the sides of escalators by minors” prompted a hugely important change to the European standard, EN 115, where all escalator installations have new designs of guards installed. He also conducted detailed research into incidents, injuries and deaths caused by shopping and luggage carts on escalators, resulting in another significant update to EN 115. Cooper is managing director of LECS (UK), leading independent consultants in lifts, escalators and cable cars. He is also an active member of the Safety Assessment Federation and has co-authored some of the sector’s leading books on safety including “Elevator & Escalator Accident Reconstruction & Litigation,” “The Elevator & Escalator Micropedia” and “CIBSE Guide D transportation systems in buildings.” He is also the editor of ELEVATOR WORLD UK.