Much like elevators, escalators are typically seen as a safe way to travel between different floors. However, serious escalator accidents are much more common in the United States than most people think. According to a study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “about 10,000 escalator-related injuries per year result in emergency department treatment in the United States.” Accidents involving escalators have the potential to leave victims with severe physical trauma.
What are some of the causes of escalator accidents in the United States? Studies have shown that the most common factors include:
- Mechanical malfunctions – In order for an escalator to continue functioning properly, regular maintenance is required. If not, major mechanical failures could lead to life-threatening accidents.
- Missing or broken steps – If a step is missing or broken, a rider could fall through and become trapped within the machinery below.
- Missing or broken handrails – Although escalators only transport riders between two or three stories within a building, the heights could be hundreds of feet. If a rider falls off a moving escalator, serious fatal injuries could result.
- Comb plate malfunctions – Comb plates are present at the top and bottom of escalators. If a comb plate has gaps, missing teeth, or is otherwise malfunctioning, a rider could get caught and seriously injured.
- Intoxication – Alcohol is a huge risk-factor within many escalator-related injuries. According to data from the NCBI, 50 percent of male victims and 7 percent of female victims showed signs of alcohol intoxication.
New York City is home to some of the oldest escalators in the world. In fact, the very first escalator was built and installed on Coney Island as an amusement park ride in 1892. Since then, escalators have become a seemingly harmless part of everyday life. However, the risks of riding escalators are still present.
Contact an Elevator and Escalator Injuries Attorney in New York
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed in an escalator accident, you have the right to fair compensation from the party responsible. Property owners have a duty to ensure the safety of visitors by properly maintaining the functionality of all escalators on the premises.
Our experienced team of attorneys will do everything in their power to get justice for you. For more information about how to prepare for a premises liability claim in New York, contact a premises liability attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “about one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.”
The most vulnerable age group includes children who are 1 to 4 years old. Tragically, the overwhelming majority of drowning incidents involving children of this age group take place in private pools. According to the CDC, “drowning is responsible for more deaths among children [aged 1 to 4] than any other cause except congenital anomalies (birth defects).” For children ages 1 to 14 years old, drowning is one of the major leading causes of unintentional injury-related fatality — only second to car accidents.
For parents to reduce the risk of unintentional drowning, here is some information on the common causes of drowning incidents:
- Lack of adequate fencing and barriers – Oftentimes, young children can gain access to pools without their parent’s knowledge. The presence of a four-sided barrier around a private home pool significantly reduces a child’s risk of drowning.
- Inability to swim – Swimming is a skill that must be taught through proper training. Research has shown that teaching young children to swim early on greatly reduces their risk of drowning.
- Absence of close adult supervision – Even with the presence of a life-guard, drowning can still occur. It is important for parents to closely watch their children whenever water is involved.
- Location – Swimming in the choppy ocean is a much different experience than swimming in a calm pool. It is important for swimmers of all ages to be adequately prepared to swim in different settings.
- Not wearing a life-jacket – The use of a life-jacket can mean the difference between life and death in many situations. Parents must make sure that their young child is fitted for the appropriate preventative gear.
- Alcohol use – Alcohol can negatively impact judgment, motor control, and reaction time. Often, it is a factor within a high number of drowning incidents.
- Seizures – For children with seizure disorders, the most common drowning risk isn’t a pool at all — it’s a bathtub. This is why it is important for parents to closely supervise their children any time water is involved in an activity.
Contact a New York Swimming Pool Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one were hurt or if your child was killed in a drowning accident caused by negligence, call the New York premises liability lawyers atHach & Rose, LLP for help. Our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys will help you understand your rights and will aggressively advocate for your family during this challenging time. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free consultation.
Dunkirk, NY (July 5, 2019) – A fireworks accident that happened on Thursday, the Fourth of July, left a woman injured in the town of Dunkirk, according to authorities. Police stated that a woman was hit with a firework on Bayshore Drive at approximately 10:15 p.m.
Fire Island, NY (July 5, 2019) – A fatal accident occurred in a swimming pool at the restaurant Canteen at Fire Island Ponds on Thursday evening, July 4th. According to authorities, a man died after he was found in the swimming pool of the restaurant, unconscious and unresponsive around 7:00 p.m.
Rochester, NY (July 4, 2019) – A woman from Rochester suffered injuries on Thursday, July 4th, after falling into the gorge at the bottom of the Lower Falls in the city. The incident was reported to have happened at an unspecified time during the afternoon hours for reasons that are being investigated.
Chinatown, NY (July 1, 2019) – According to police, a man was sadly killed by a falling safe on Sunday, June 30th inside of a building located in Chinatown. Authorities confirmed that the incident took place on Mott Street at an unspecified time for reasons that are under investigation.
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY (July 1, 2019) – On Sunday afternoon, June 30th, three people were stated to have suffered various injuries after a section of scaffolding fell onto a bar located in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. The incident occurred at an unspecified time at Mission Dolores on Fourth Avenue.
Flushing, Queens, NY (June 27, 2019) – Authorities have stated that a 3-year-old boy is currently in critical condition following a possibly unsafe property accident that took place in Flushing on Thursday morning, June 27th. The accident happened at a building located on 38th Avenue around 10:30 a.m., according to police.
Midtown, Manhattan, NY (June 27, 2019) – On Thursday morning, June 27th, three workers were reported to have suffered injuries, one seriously, after debris fell inside of a theatre located in Midtown Manhattan. The incident took place at the Golden Theatre, at 252 West 45th Street, located in the Theatre District near 8th Avenue, around 11:30 a.m.
Aurora, NY (June 12, 2019) – According to authorities in East Aurora, a 12-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after he nearly drowned while on a school field trip on Wednesday morning, June 12th. East Aurora police were called to the scene along with fire rescue officials around 10:30 a.m.
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