Tips To Help You To Prevent An Accident On An Escalator


There are more than 30,000 escalator in the US alone and each year more then 90 billion people ride on them. The rate of escalator accident are few but even among these few accidents, many could have been prevented. It is important for the owners and management of every building to ensure that their escalators are safe for the usage of visitors to their building as well as the tenants and employees. However it is also our responsibility to make sure we do not act in a manner that will contribute to the possibility of an accident.

Please behave yourself and do not horse around while riding on the escalator. When you and your children are on the escalator, you should not push each other around nor should you try to jump down the escalator. This is because, unlike a staircase, the escalator is in motion and will cause you to lose your balance if you move around too much on the escalator while riding. Falling down the escalator is a very painful incident as the common escalators are made with metal grooves and can easily cut your flesh.

Letting your fingers or your bare toes touch against the escalator floor plates is one of those stupidest things that humans have done. The rapid movement of the escalator will easily pull your fingers or toes inbetween two of their plates and then leave you screaming in pain after severing your fingers or toes. Always keep your body at least 5 cm away from the edge of the escalator which is moving,  so that there is no chance that we get caught by the escalator.

It is important to try not to wear clothing that flow onto the floor. Long scarf or dresses that touches the ground are a hazard while riding the escalator. The material can be easily clipped by the escalator while it turns and will drag you in. This can cause serious injuries if the clothing cannot be taken off immediately. There are many cases of children or women whom have their hands or feet caught by the escalator due to their clothing being entangled by the escalator. Be mindful of yourself and watch the small children as their clothes are often nearer to the ground than adults.

Similar to an automobile, you should not be drinking alcohol before riding an escalator. It sounds funny but you have a higher tendency to fall down an escalator when you are inebriated and so having alcohol in your system is seldom a good idea. And sitting down on an escalator is definitely not a good idea if you are thinking of keeping your weight low to the ground as your clothes will likely get caught in the escalator.

It is almost unthinkable for many of us to think that we would get injured while riding on an escalator. However indeed it has happened and you can easily blame the owners or managers of the building for not maintaining their escalator well. However we must first look at ourselves before passing judgment. Did we contribute to the accident by having too many people here or were we negligent. Whatever it is. It is important that we act according so that accidents are minimized.


Source by Jared L