Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Reports show that every year, there about 30 fatalities and more than 10,000 injuries in the U.S. due to elevator accidents. Across the U.S., there are over 600,000 working elevators with millions of individual daily elevator trips. Although most states regulate the construction, operation, and maintenance of elevators, violations occur daily.
The most common elevator accidents include elevators
– opening with an unlevel or mispositioned floor causing someone to trip and fall,
– elevator getting stuck
– the elevator cart suddenly speeds up or slows down
– The elevator doors open onto an open shaft
– A closing door hits someone or traps them as the elevator moves
– The elevator shaft is accessible
As a result of an elevator accident, injuries of all kinds occur including everything from scrapes and mild pinches, to severe such as tendon, nerve lacerations, bone fractures, spinal injuries, brain damage and death.