Children and older adults, 65 and older, are statically proven to be at highest risk for injury in an escalator accident or moving walkway accident. Our Michigan fall injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. represent people injured on a moving walkway or in an escalator accident.
Escalators and moving walkways can cause serious injuries, such as broken bones, sprains, head injuries and possibly even death. Children many of times will view them as moving playgrounds, but parents should advise children that serious injury can result on an escalator.
In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, incidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and seriously injure about 17,000 people each year in the United States. These types of accidents are preventable if the proper precautions are taken.
The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), offers safety tips to individuals to prevent injury when riding on an escalator or moving walkway. These tips include:
- Check the direction of the moving steps.
- Step on and off promptly and with care, and take extra care if you wear bifocals.
- Passengers only on escalators: no strollers, luggage, walkers, or carts of any type.
- Always stand facing forward; grasp the handrail as you step promptly onto the moving step; keep a firm grip on the handrails and avoid the sides under the rail.
- Hold children and small packages firmly with one hand; don't rest parcels on the handrail. Don't allow children to sit on the steps.
- Be careful of loose clothing, scarves, untied shoelaces, high heels, flip flops, jewelry, long hair, and any other item that might get caught in an escalator.
- Move quickly away from exit areas; don't stop, other passengers are behind you.
- An escalator standing still is not just a set of stairs and should not be used in that manner. The risk of tripping is increased when used that way since escalator steps are not the correct height for normal walking.
- On moving walks, stationary passengers should stay to the right and let walking passengers pass on the left.
- Do not crowd the escalator. Leave enough room for emergency situations
Michigan Escalator Accident Injury Lawsuits
Under Michigan law, the owner of the building or business has a legal duty to make the premises reasonably safe for its visitors, guests, and occupants. The failure to take proper preventative action often leads to serious injuries on elevators and moving walkways. Serious injuries can result from an escalator that is defective or in disrepair.
Our Michigan escalator accident lawyers will step in to hold them accountable for your injuries. Sometimes these injuries can even result in death, which may give rise to a Michigan wrongful death claim.
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