How to use an escalator safely
Although escalators aren’t exactly considered one of the top ways to cause yourself an injury, they are a large piece of machinery that is perfectly capable of damaging you if you do not respect it in the same way that you respect any machinery. Some people are afraid of escalators for this reason, but there are plenty of ways in which you can keep yourself safe on an escalator, whether you are alone, travelling with children or loaded down with bags.
- Know when not to use the escalator. Although most people are able to use an escalator safely and comfortably, from time to time someone will simply not be able to use it safely. If you are in a wheelchair, or have a pushchair or heavy luggage with you, ask for the lift. If there is an escalator, there will always be a lift available as well, you may just have to be pointed in the right direction by staff.
- Face the direction of the escalator. Always face forwards towards the direction you are going, and hold onto the handrail if you are able. This will prevent you falling or losing your balance.
- Don’t run. You are able to walk on an escalator, but always and only in the direction the escalator is travelling, and slowly so that you do not slip and cause yourself an injury. If the escalator is very busy then simply stay still and it will get you where you need to go.
- Don’t push people. Sometimes on a busy escalator, everyone is busy thinking of themselves and how they are going to get off and so push others, this can lead to other people being injured, or even yourself if other people push back.
Finding solicitors in Halesworth
If you have been injured in a store by an escalator or anything else that you feel has been negligently left to possibly injure staff or customers then you may be able to claim compensation back from the store. The best way to do this is to find solicitors in Halesworth who are able to work out with you whether or not you have a good case for compensation, and build this case with you so that you are completely comfortable.
The Accident Advice Helpline has over 10 years’ experience with personal injury claims, and is able to provide experienced solicitors in Halesworth who work on a 100% ‘no-win, no-fee’ basis to get you the compensation you deserve. Call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone to speak to the team about your accident, and find out more about the claims process, before being passed over to our solicitors in Halesworth, or wherever you need them to be, who will handle your claim on your behalf, so that you won’t have to go to court. Our solicitors will also keep you updated throughout your claim to ensure that you are comfortable with proceedings.
Date Published: 1st April 2014
Author: David Brown