WHAT TO DO IN AN ESCALATOR INJURY
Whether on your daily commute, as you stroll through the shopping mall, or on your way to a ball game, escalators are a part of life. But each time you step onto the moving platform of an escalator you are at risk of injuries. If you are a senior citizen or a child under the age of 5, your risk for being injured is greater. It’s reported each year that over 11,000 people will go to the hospital after being injured on an escalator, and approximately 30 people will die due to escalator (and/or elevator) related accidents. The majority of those injured or killed will be children or the elderly.
It’s important to know what to look out for; the defects and malfunctions below may be cause for compensation if you’re hurt.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Consider us as your personal injury attorneys if you experienced an injury for any of these reasons.
- Missing teeth on the track of the escalator
- Broken handrail
- Loose or missing screws
- Excessive space or large gaps between the moving walk area and the sides of the escalator
- Broken or missing steps
- Broken or missing step demarcation lights or lines
- Finger entrapment
- Comb plate entrapment (the comb plate lies between the stationary floor plate and the moving steps on the landing platform)
- Between-step entrapment
- Items such as hair, clothing, or shoes getting “caught in” the escalator
- Slip and fall accidents
- Emergency shut-off failure
- Sudden stopping
- Sudden reversing
- Sudden increase of speed
Just like any mode of transportation, escalators should be treated with respect, and safety tips for riding an escalator should be adhered to.
Escalator Safety Tips
- Watch the direction of the stairway before stepping onto the escalator.
- Always hold onto the railing while on the escalator.
- Hold onto your child’s hand while riding the escalator.
- Do not let children sit on the steps or ride the railing of the escalator.
- Watch loose clothing that it does not get caught on steps or sides of the escalator.
- Be careful of soft-soled shoes and flip-flops (especially Crocs) when you are entering or exiting the escalator.
- Never ride the escalator the opposite direction for which it is intended.
- Be sure to step off the escalator when you are exiting, do not let your feet “slide” off the combs of the platform.
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