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Common Reasons for Escalator Injuries: Unexpected Speed/Direction Changes

Chances are that you’ve ridden on an escalator dozens or hundreds of times in your life. You might even use an escalator every day to get to and from work. You use an escalator automatically, but what would you do if the escalator was not working properly? What if you were trying to get off or on the escalator and it suddenly stopped? What if it sped up with no warning? What if the direction of traffic suddenly changed? These situations, while not very common, do happen. If you were involved in one of these situations, you may have been injured. Here, you can learn more about injuries that result from these issues.

Escalator Malfunction

If an escalator suddenly changes direction or speed, it is likely the result of an escalator malfunction. This malfunction might be the result of several different issues. First, it might be a result of a defective part. Alternatively, the problem may be that a part has worn out or become broken over time. Finally, another cause could be improper maintenance. A maintenance team may have installed parts incorrectly that resulted in the issue.

In each of these different scenarios, a different person or entity may be at fault for the issue. For example, in the case of a defective part, the company that made the escalator parts may be at fault. If a part broke and was not fixed, this means that the escalator was not properly maintained. In this situation, the owner of the escalator is likely at fault. Finally, if the accident was caused by a maintenance issue, the maintenance team will likely be held responsible.

Safety Tips

It can be very difficult to remain calm if an escalator changes direction or speed without warning. It can be even more difficult to keep those around you calm. However, this is the best way to avoid a panic and injury to others. If the escalator switches direction, you should change direction with it and encourage others to do the same. Try to avoid stepping on anyone who may have fallen due to the change in direction.

If the escalator changes speed, once again try to keep up with it. It if stops moving while you are on the escalator, stand still as well. If you are trying to get off, watch where you are going to try to avoid tripping and hold on to the guardrails. If the escalator suddenly speeds up, hold the guardrails and try to get off to the best of your ability.

In an unexpected situation, try to remain calm and think logically. Go with the flow of the escalator and encourage others to do the same.

Common Injuries

Unfortunately, sudden changes in direction or speed can lead to serious injuries. Some people could fall off the escalator, while others might be trampled or crushed by other people. Common injuries include broken bones, head injuries, crushed limbs, and more. These injuries can be serious, so it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

If you believe that someone else is at fault for your injuries in this situation, you should contact an attorney. Call our office for more information.