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Tampa Elevator and Escalator Malfunction Accidents

Elevators are common in multi-story buildings such as offices and hotels, while escalators are not as common and are most likely found in malls. In either case, these devices help us get to a higher or lower level while inside a building.

However, elevators and escalators are not always safe, which is why you may notice that some people avoid them at all costs. As with any type of machine, they are prone to malfunction. Issues can occur during normal use and in many cases, they happen without warning.

Most injuries involving elevators or escalators are caused by machine malfunction. Not only are users subject to injuries but so are workers. Those who maintain, repair, and install elevators and escalators are prone to serious injuries and deaths. This is especially true during construction and while cleaning shafts and dealing with stalled elevators. Many deaths are caused by falls down the shaft. There are also a large number of injuries involving platform collapses, getting struck by elevators, and workers getting caught in or between moving parts

Common Elevator Malfunctions

As you can imagine, nobody wants to be inside an elevator when it malfunctions. You could be stuck inside for many hours. Worse yet, the elevator could suffer electrical problems or some kind of failure that leads to fatality for the occupants.

Elevators are heavy pieces of equipment that require regular maintenance and inspections. While malfunctions are rare, they do happen from time to time. Here are some common malfunctions that you may want to be aware of:

  • Elevator drops rapidly due to pulley system malfunction
  • Faulty wiring
  • Faulty doors that remain open
  • Improper leveling when stopped
  • Improper repairs

Common Escalator Malfunctions

While it’s rare for an escalator malfunction to lead to death, it can still cause serious injuries. Here are some common malfunctions:

  • Missing/loose screws
  • Missing teeth on track
  • Improper alignment of sides and steps
  • Broken/missing steps
  • Electrical malfunction

Common Injuries

Many injuries can occur while in an elevator or on an escalator. For example, an elevator car dropping down quickly can lead to death. Other issues, such as a door malfunction, can lead to broken bones and head trauma.

In an escalator, tripping is a common issue due to shoes, clothing, or purses getting caught. Loss of balance and disorientation is also common when getting on and off escalators, especially for the elderly. These issues can cause a person to fall and suffer head, neck, and back injuries as well as broken bones.

Contact Us Today

Elevator and escalator malfunctions can be very dangerous, resulting in catastrophic injury. Mechanical or electrical failures can even result in death.

If you were injured by an escalator or elevator, the Tampa personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Anderson can assist you with your case. We can help you get compensation for your injuries and other damages. Call 813-251-0072 or fill out the online form to schedule a consultation with our office.

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