Accidents involving elevators can occur for several reasons. Some of them are related to design defects, improper inspections, or faulty parts. Other accidents may be related to negligence by building owners or maintenance staff. Regardless of the cause, elevator accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death. Fortunately, many of these incidents can be avoided through proper inspections and public awareness. Injuries sustained in elevators can include broken bones and head trauma.
The building owner is responsible for maintaining the elevators in the building. They must conduct regular safety checks and maintenance checks on them. If they don’t, they may be held liable for any injuries caused by elevators. It is also important to note that a building owner may have legal liability if an elevator or escalator malfunctions. In these cases, the building owner or management team may have legal responsibility for the injuries sustained by the plaintiffs.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 17,000 serious elevator accidents occur each year. These incidents can occur during the installation, operation, or repair of the elevator. If a person is injured while working in an elevator, they may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania. However, the injured worker must notify the employer within 120 days.
Accidents and injuries involving elevators can also result in death. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, elevators and escalators cause more than six thousand emergency room visits each year. However, these accidents are rare in the United States. As a result, regular inspection and maintenance of an elevator or escalator is essential.
The most common causes of elevator and escalator injuries include accidents in the shaft and in the elevator. Fortunately, they are generally safe if routine maintenance is conducted. However, if something unexpected occurs, they can be a serious source of injury or even death. Building owners and operators should follow the code requirements, consult with a knowledgeable inspector, and take precautions to ensure proper maintenance and safety.