Recently, an escalator accident at the World Trade Center’s Oculus claimed the life of a 29-year-old New Jersey woman. Per NJ.com, the woman, who was a resident of Hudson County, fell off the escalator as she attempted to grab a hat her twin sister had dropped. After falling over the side of the escalator, she fell to the main concourse. The 29-year-old woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment, where she was later pronounced dead.
What Safety Measures Are in Place to Prevent Escalator Accidents?
While there are safety measures, such as handrails and emergency stop buttons, to help prevent escalator accidents, there is no way to avoid an escalator accident that occurs due to a manufacturer or property owner’s negligence.
Tips for Staying Safe While Riding an Escalator
Here are tips for safely riding properly maintained and operated escalators:
- Always leave one hand free to grip the handrail as you are stepping onto, riding and stepping off an escalator
- If you are carrying a child, hold the child firmly with one arm as you enter, ride and exit the escalator
- If you are with a small child who is walking, hold the child’s hand as you enter, ride and exit the escalator
- Never step on an escalator that is heading in the opposite direction of the way you are going
- Avoid taking luggage carts, baby strollers, wheelchairs and electric scooters on escalators if possible
- Make sure you keep loose clothing you are wearing away from the sides or steps of the escalator
- Do not climb on the handrail
- Never sit on the steps of an escalator
- When exiting an escalator, do not let your feet slide to the end of the escalator, never hesitate and step off promptly