There are literally thousands of elevators and escalators in both private and public buildings all across Philadelphia. While elevators and escalators are an unhealthy alternative to stairs, they are also quite dangerous when inadequately designed or improperly maintained.
Given that elevators and escalators pose serious risks to consumers and visitors in buildings where elevators and escalators are installed, Pennsylvania law imposes strict regulations to govern the manner in which escalators and elevators must be designed, manufactured, installed, inspected, and maintained.
“While manufacturers are usually to blame for elevator and escalator accidents caused by defective or faulty components and parts, owners of the property where these machines are installed can be held accountable for any accidents caused by negligent or improper installation, inspection, and maintenance,” explains a Philadelphia escalator & elevator accident attorney at Dan Doyle Law Group.
Elevators and escalator can cause injury or death to two categories of people: repairmen or maintenance workers responsible for repairing, inspection, and maintenance of these machines, as well as residents, visitors, and consumers who choose to use elevators and escalators instead of using the stairs.
Determining the cause of an escalator or elevator accident is no easy task. In fact, more often than not, the injured will have to seek legal help from an experienced escalator & elevator accident attorney in Philadelphia or elsewhere in Pennsylvania to determine what caused or contributed to the accident.
Let’s review some of the most common causes of elevator accidents in Pennsylvania:
Obviously, this is not the full list of causes of elevator accidents. These are the most common types of elevator accidents, which can cause injury or even death:
You may be surprised to hear this, but escalators are responsible for more injuries than elevators. As a matter of fact, you are 15 times more likely to sustain an injury while riding an escalator than while riding an elevator.
Fact: Each year, more than 10,000 Americans sustain injuries while riding an escalator.
Let’s review some of the most common causes of escalator accidents in Pennsylvania: