Escalators and lifts can be found in shopping centres, leisure centres, department stores, supermarkets – pretty much every walk of life, and they’re often hard to avoid. Yet the dangers of escalators and lifts could mean you are injured whilst using them. We take a look at a few of the dangers of escalators and lifts, to see if you’re at risk.
Negligent maintenance – are you at risk?
- Mechanical failure. Negligent companies can put lift and escalator users at risk. For example, maintenance staff who don’t carry out checks regularly or extensively could be held responsible for a mechanical failure or breakdown which causes an accident.
- Slips and trips. Spillages in lifts could lead to slipping on a wet floor, whilst damaged flooring may cause a trip that could lead to facial or head injuries, if you bang your head on the walls or door of the lift. Escalators with broken steps or damaged teeth could cause a tripping accident that could lead to serious injury.
- Clothing becoming caught in escalators. Open maintenance hatches at the foot of escalators, or escalators which are not moving properly could catch floaty clothing or scarves, snagging them and dragging the person wearing them up or down the escalator, leading to serious injuries.
- Falls from height. If you need to evacuate a lift in an emergency, you could be injured if you fall from height. There have even been cases where escalator maintenance hatches have been left open and people have fallen down them.
- Electric shock. If lifts and escalators are not properly maintained, you could get an electric shock from them – for example when you push the call button for the lift.
The aftermath of your accident
If you have escaped with cuts and bruises after your lift or escalator accident, you’ll normally be able to return to work straight away. But what about those who have suffered serious facial or head injuries, or broken bones in an accident? You may need time off work and treatment in hospital – which can affect your finances. Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 and we can help you claim personal injury compensation for your loss of earnings, as well as your pain and suffering.
Our professional lawyers specialise in personal injury claims and work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, so anybody can afford to make a claim with us.