According to CBS
News, nearly 10,000 people are rushed to the emergency
hospital each year due to escalator accidents.
Many people are concerned about getting on and off of
escalators, however safety experts state that you
can have serious injuries while riding escalators as
are often at the greatest risk because of the small
size of their fingers and toes, however adults are often
victims of escalator accidents as well.
Often escalators are not well maintained or
inspected. Many municipalities don't have
requirements for elevator safety inspections. In an
interview, Kevin Doherty, a nationally certified
escalator safety inspector stated "It's unbelievable
what an escalator can do to human flesh."
There are potential escalator hazards in: subway
stations; shopping malls; movie theaters; parking
structures and a variety of other locations throughout
the New York area.
Many accidents occur when footwear, such as loose
shoe laces, casual thongs, etc. get caught on the sides
of the escalator steps or on loose screws. As such,
safety experts recommend that you stand toward the
middle of the step and that you hold the hand rail. Some
safety experts recommend that it may be safer to take
the elevator when traveling with multiple children.
families of escalator accidents may be entitled to
significant compensation for these injuries, especially
when they are caused by improper maintenance or negligence.