Rob Parkinson and Brittany Sinclair write for The Lawyer’s Daily explaining the risks associated with escalators. When walking on an escalator, people are exposed to the potential of tripping and falling. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) reported that from 212 to 2014 there were more than 800 injuries associated with escalator passengers in Ontario, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimated that 75 per cent of escalator injuries in the U.S. resulted from falls. Escalator design, maintenance and operations are governed by safety standards to ensure safe use for the public.
The article outlines building standards for escalators required for public safety, and the possibly risks associated with the differences between escalators and traditional stairs. The article also explains possible behaviours of individuals using escalators, and the probable cues they use to ensure safe use.
Rob Parkinson, Brittany Sinclair