Elevators and escalators are a part of many people’s daily life. While they help to reach floors or levels that would be inaccessible to most, they do pose some safety risks. Many would suspect that these accidents are relatively rare. However, you would be surprised at how many deadly accidents occur due to malfunctioning elevators and escalators. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, elevator and escalators account for 30 deaths and 17,000 injuries per year in the United States alone.
Who Is Most at Risk?
The majority of victims are those who service elevators or escalators. Deaths or severe injuries that result from elevator and escalator accidents are caused by falling into the elevator shaft, being caught between moving parts of escalators, collapsed platforms, or being suck between counterweights. The consequences of an unsafe work environment for these workers can be devastating.
Who Is Responsible?
Elevator and escalator accidents are often caused by the negligence of someone involved in the maintenance or inspection of these potentially dangerous machines. Regular maintenance and inspection must be done on a regular basis. Because these services are rather expensive, many businesses try to cut corners by hiring unlicensed workers to perform repairs and maintenance. This leaves the machines not being properly inspected and can lead to catastrophic failure.
Call an Attorney
If you were injured in an elevator and escalator accident, you have options. It is important that you discuss your case with an experienced attorney who can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. Schedule a consultation and bring all pertinent paperwork including medical bills with you. Your attorney can point you in the right direction and speak with you about what to expect moving forward.
If you are a victim of an elevator or escalator accident, call the experienced attorneys at the Todd R. Durham Law Firm. Dial (214) 222-4000 today for assistance.