Escalator Hazards

by Sarah B. on February 9, 2014 - 10:23pm

In my last post I explained how a women died in an escalator of the metro station in Montreal. However, this accident is not the only one. Many accidents are related to escalators. In her article "Danger On The Escalator", Tatiana Morales explained what happened to a young boy in the United States. Scooter Anderson was four years old when he lost part of his foot while he was halfway down the escalator.  His foot got stuck between the sidewall and the steps of the escalator. He called his father for help while he was dragged through the bottom of the stairs. Three of his toes were amputated and the tissues of his foot were heavily damaged. Scooter is not the only kid to have been hurt in an escalator. The majority of the escalator's accidents happened to children because they have small feet and hands so it is easy for them to get stuck in the escalator. The problem is that the escalators are not inspected enough. In a crowded place the stairs should be checked more often but they are not. After this accident, Scooter's parents have struggle during many years for the security that regulates escalator to be sure that no other accidents would happen.

 

According to this article, parents must hold their child's hand in escalator and adults should hold the banister. Also, escalators users should stand strait in the middle of the step and must avoid walking in the stairs. Parents with more then one child should choose the elevator instead of the escalator.

 

Overall, this article demonstrates that accidents related to escalators occur in many cities other than Montreal. We can look for others and if they are not using the escalator properly we must tell them and warned them about the risks they encounter. As a citizen it is our role to help others. Also, we must inform the national safety regulation for escalators if we think that an escalator is not safe enough.

 

Original article from CBSnews:

"Danger On The Escalator"

By Tatiana Morales, publish on February 17, 2005

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