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Common Causes of an Escalator – Elevator Injury

Seeking Compensation after an Elevator or Escalator Injury

Elevators and escalators have revolutionized the modern world, allowing consumers, businesses and residents easy access to high rise living, shopping and work. Though strict regulations govern the operation of elevators and escalators, statistics show that every year approximately 30 people are killed and more than 15,000 suffer injuries in elevator and escalator accidents. If you have been a victim of an elevator or escalator accident, there are a number of avenues you can pursue to obtain full and fair compensation for all your losses.

Negligent Design or Manufacture

Elevators and escalators involve thousands of working parts. When the designer or manufacturer of any part of an elevator or escalator fails to take reasonable care, the malfunction of a single part can have devastating consequences.

Failure to Inspect and Maintain an Elevator or Escalator

According to a study by the Center for Construction Research and Training, many of the deaths and serious injuries sustained in elevator and escalator accidents could have been avoided if timely inspection and maintenance requirements had been followed. Researchers cited numerous conditions that can arise because of failure to inspect or maintain an elevator or escalator, including:

  • Unsafe wearing of cables, brackets, or other fixtures that secure an elevator or escalator
  • Wiring or electrical problems that may cause elevator doors to open between floors or when an elevator car is not present, or that may lead to sudden starts or stops
  • Sudden changes in the speed or direction of an elevator or escalator
  • Damage to clothing guards on an escalator

Failure to Provide Adequate Protection during Construction or Repair

The CCRT study found that nearly half of the deaths in elevator accidents occurred while an elevator was either under construction or repair. In most instances, proper safeguards were not employed, or owners/workers failed to provide adequate notice of the dangers involved.

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