Escalators and elevators move more people in the United States than any other mode of transport. There are approximately 35,000 escalators and 700,000 elevators in America. While these devices are useful and convenient, they also present unique risks to workers and passengers.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), around 17,000 people are injured in escalator and elevator accidents in the U.S. every year. Most injuries occur when people slip and fall on elevators and escalators or get caught in or between moving the moving parts of the machinery. Elevator and escalator accidents can lead to cuts, sprains, amputations, and head injuries.
There are around 900,000 residential, retail, and commercial elevators in this country. Some are designed to carry people and their personal belongings. Others are used to carry heavier loads including freight, industrial equipment, and vehicles. They are all vulnerable to malfunction in a variety of ways which can cause serious injuries or even death to passengers and workers.
Poor maintenance or faulty repairs can cause dangerous equipment failures. When the pulley or hydraulic systems fail, elevators can drop rapidly inside the shaft. Doors that do not shut securely leave passengers in danger of falling out of moving elevators. When an elevator is not level with the adjacent floor, people can get legs or others body parts caught between moving parts, or they can fall down into the shaft. Faulty wiring can cause electrocution or fires.
Escalators are essentially moving stairways designed to transport passengers quickly and safely. Moving sidewalks, like those seen in airports and stadiums, are especially useful for those carrying heavy luggage and other belongings. As convenient as escalators are, they sometimes lead to serious accidents and injuries.
The CPSC estimates there are around 11,000 escalator accidents in the U.S. every year. Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common. Children and seniors suffer the most injuries due to escalator accidents. The “teeth” between the stairs and sides of escalators are designed to protect passengers from getting clothing, shoelaces, and body parts caught in the machinery. When those are missing or broken, people can get stuck between the moving pieces, suffering cuts, bruises, broken bones, amputations, and head injuries.
Legal Claims for Elevator and Escalator Injuries
For many people, especially the elderly and disabled, elevators and escalators are essential to their daily lives. Property owners offering access to this equipment are responsible for making sure they meet all safety regulations, are serviced on a regular basis, and repaired when necessary. Visitors who are injured by a property owner’s negligence may have grounds for a premises liability lawsuit.
Chester County Premises Liability Lawyers McCann & Wall, LLC Pursue Compensation for Injured Victims
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to a property owner’s carelessness in an escalator or elevator accident caused by poorly-maintained or unsafe equipment, our premises liability lawyers in Chester County can help. At McCann & Wall, our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania, as well as in New Jersey and Delaware. Our legal team is not afraid to take on the product manufacturer or business owner that caused your injuries. We will fight for the settlement you deserve. Call us today at 215-515-2236 or submit an online inquiry to schedule your free case consultation today.