In the United States, over 120 billion riders will travel on an estimated 600,000 elevators each year. Unfortunately, because of the large percentage of traffic, accidents will occur. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, elevator and escalator accidents kill nearly 30 people and injure thousands more annually.
The most serious injuries reported for elevators are due to falls, particularly involving riders over the age of 65 years old. Passengers may also get stuck between elevator doors when they close suddenly or fall into open elevator shafts, often resulting in serious injury or death. Half of all elevator accidents involve maintenance workers.
When you enter and leave the elevator:
- Enter and exit carefully. Step up or down if the elevator floor and hall floor are not level.
- Hold children and pets firmly.
- Stand clear of the doors - keep clothes and carry-ons away from the opening.
- Push and hold the DOOR OPEN button if doors need to be held open, or ask someone to push the button for you.
When riding on the elevator:
- Stand next to the elevator wall.
- Hold the handrail, if available.
- Pay attention to the floor indications.
- If the doors do not open when the elevator stops, push the DOOR OPEN button.
If you have been injured by an elevator it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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