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How many escalators and elevators cause annual injuries?

You think nothing of stepping onto the escalator or the elevator. Both are so common in modern society that you use them with little thought to your own safety, trusting in the design of the machines. You may even be on your cellphone, listening to music, talking to friends, or doing a whole host of other activities that draw your attention and focus away from the devices themselves.

Not that you should be worried every time you use one, but the injury stats are slightly alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), elevators and escalators combine to seriously injure around 17,000 people year in and year out, and that's just in the United States. On top of that, these devices take around 30 lives every year. This data is compiled by both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As you may suspect, elevators are to blame in far more accidents. About 60 percent of the serious injuries are caused by them, and a full 90 percent of the fatalities.

It is worth noting that about half of the people who are killed are workers charged with maintaining or installing the machines. Of that, roughly half of the workers who pass away do so from falling into the elevator shaft.

Still, this shows that around 50 percent of those who are killed are merely commuters, children, tourists, and all manner of other individuals who are simply using these devices for transportation. A serious accident can happen in a split second, and anyone who is hurt needs to know if he or she has a right to compensation.

Source: CDC, "Deaths and injuries involving elevators or escalators (revised)," M. McCann, accessed Feb. 27, 2017

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