(WMC-TV) – There is no telling how many times you have put your foot on the steps of an escalator. You may not think twice about it, but accidents on escalators and elevators are more common than you think.
A 2012 accident happened at a public transportation station in Boston when a woman tried to ride her motorized scooter up the escalator, which officials with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development say is a no-no.
In the last 10 years in Tennessee, there have been 96 non-serious accidents involving escalators, elevators, moving walks, wheelchair lifts, and ski lifts.
One of those was fatal, though, when an 83-year-old woman put her shopping cart on an escalator. It tumbled on top of her causing her to fall to the bottom.
Elevators are not immune to accidents either.
An employee of a Manhattan office building died in 2011 when her foot became caught in the elevator doors. Even though safety mechanisms are supposed to prevent the elevator from moving up with the door open, it did, crushing her on the way up.
Tennessee has more than 13,000 elevators and escalators, so 96 accidents in 10 years are low considering the potential. However, when one does happen, the state warns they can be serious, but often preventable.
On elevators, do not try to jump out if one gets stuck. And do not ride a broken elevator.
With escalators, you need to hold on to the rails. Do not get on with a shopping buggy or wheelchair and do not touch below the sides of the handrail.
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