Studies by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate there are approximately 17,000 injuries incurred by individuals each year and approximately 30 deaths caused by defective escalators and elevators.
The Following Types Of Injuries Are Most Likely To Occur On Escalators:
- Falls causing 51% of injuries to all age groups
- Entrapment causing 29% of all injury accidents among adults, and 36% of all injury accidents involving children five years old or younger.
- Children in strollers accounted for 6% of injuries, and most occurred due to children falling out of their stroller while riding an escalator.
According to the standards established by the CPSC in the mid-1990s, escalators are supposed to have foot prints, or brightly-colored borders painted on each step to show the public the safest area for their feet; however, in most cases, consumers will not find escalators in compliance with this standard.
While elevator accidents are somewhat uncommon events, when they do occur, the injuries suffered can be serious or result in death.