Escalator Dangers: What Goes Up, Must Come Down
Escalators are seen in shopping malls and airports around the country. People hitch a ride because it is easier than putting forth the effort of climbing stairs. But is it worth the risk?
First patented in 1892, the escalator’s design has changed very little since it was first made available to the public. Escalators are moving staircases that are ripe with the opportunity for injury. In recent years, a child has lost a toe, riders have been bucked off, and a man was strangled. These injuries and fatalities made the news because of their severity, but smaller injuries occur at the rate of tens-of-thousands each year.
Some of the only changes to have taken place since the advent of the moving staircase occurred after an escalator in the London Underground exploded in 1987. That incident is the reason why some manufacturers have added deflector brushes, emergency stop buttons and sprinklers to their machines.
But who is to blame if you are hurt on an escalator? The answer is not a simple one. The manufacturer could be to blame, as could the installer or the owner of the building in which the escalator operates. What needs to be determined is how your accident happened and why. If, for example, there was a defect that the manufacturer failed to warn anyone of, they could be found at fault.
If, on the other hand, there was a problem with the escalator that the building’s owner failed to address, they could be found liable. If you were using the escalator in an unreasonable or unsafe manner, the blame could be placed squarely on your shoulders.
If you or a loved one has been injured on an escalator, your next step should be to consult an attorney. Call our offices today and let us review the details of your case. We will provide you with a free consultation and advise you of your rights and options. Call now or browse our website for more information about our firm and how we can help you and your family.