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Avoiding injuries when riding escalators

The National Elevator Industry, Inc. has published some tips to keep people safe on escalators in Georgia and across the U.S. These moving staircases can cause injuries to riders who slip and fall while entering or exiting the escalator or who get caught in the mechanism as it goes around. The legal theory of premises liability might allow injured parties to recover following escalator accidents.

The NEII divides its escalator tips into three sections: getting on the escalator, riding the escalator and getting off the escalator. When people are getting on escalators, they should be careful if they are wearing bifocals or similar glasses as these can cause depth perception issues. They should note the direction the staircase is moving and not try to get on going the wrong way. If a person is entering an escalator with a child, he or she should hold the child with one hand and the escalator railing with the other. It's a good idea to avoid carrying unwieldy items like strollers, electric scooters, hand carts, wheelchairs and luggage carts onto escalators.

Once a person is on an escalator, he or she should keep loose clothing away from the sides and ends of the moving stairs and face forward, watching where the stairs are going. Children should not be allowed to sit while on the escalator. When it comes time to exit, the NEII advises escalator riders to step quickly off of the stairs and move away from the area.

When people are injured by escalators, they might be able to recover for damages from the owner of the property or other responsible parties. A lawyer who is familiar with premises liability cases might be able to help by identifying parties who have liability, by visiting the site of the accident or by drafting and filing a complaint for damages in civil court.

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