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Injuries Can Occur on Escalators and What Can Be Done About It

Posted by Alvin Wolff | Jul 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Each and every day St. Louis residents embark upon shopping experiences throughout the city. A large number of these shoppers do not think about the dangers that come with stepping on and off an escalator. While shoppers may get a little frustrated when an escalator is broken or not working they basically go unnoticed other than those times.

Escalators have many moving parts that must work together to make them safe for all shopping mall patrons. If any of the moving parts are broken or bent it could cause the escalator to malfunction and injuries could occur.

Most escalators have over a dozen major parts. These parts include but are not limited to:

  • Upper landing

  • Lower landing

  • Skirt

  • Escalator Step

  • Handrail

  • Pit

  • Safety Switches

  • Comb Plate

  • Step Turnaround

  • Handrail Entry

  • Step Chain

  • Step Rollers

  • Balustrade

  • Emergency Stop Switch

  • Landing Plate

  • Electric Motor

  • Handrail Drive Assembly

  • Returning Stairs

Below is a photo, by Robson Forensic, that clearly illustrates how all the parts should be set up and function:


Most people think of escalators as being in shopping malls. Below are some of the busiest shopping malls in the area:

Remember there are plenty of other locations throughout St. Louis that offer escalators as a way to get from Point A to Point B.

If an escalator is not well maintained any of the moving parts could rust, corrode, bend or even break. From the “outside” it may not look like anything is wrong with the escalator. On the “inside” things may be ready to take a turn for the worst.

Personal injuries from escalators range from broken ankles and toes to head and neck injuries that result from the spinal cord or crown of the head being put in a compromised position. Unfortunately, the steps of an escalator are made up of “teeth” which can be extremely dangerous when it comes to slip and falls and trips and falls. Having some of the best St. Louis slip and fall lawyers on our team we can help you receive the maximum compensation if you have been injured on an escalator anywhere in the state of Missouri.

Escalators can be extremely dangerous when not functioning properly therefore it is the duty of the owner of the premises to keep this piece of equipment up to code. Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can occur on or near an escalator if the proper maintenance staff has not been hired to clean up spills or merchandise that is around or on the escalator. Slipping conditions on a metal or steel escalator could lead to serious injuries that could affect many lives.

When analyzing the compensation for an escalator injury many factors come into play. If a head, brain, back or neck injury is caused by an escalator the victim could have mental trauma and immobility for the rest of their lives. They may not be able to complete job tasks they once could. The same is true for amputation. If a finger or toe gets caught in an escalator and has to be amputated a large number of IT and technology jobs cannot be completed by that individual. Rather than trying to calculate the compensation you deserve let an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer do the homework and defend you.

About the Author

Alvin Wolff

Alvin has been in practice for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has handled over 7000 cases and claims and has tried over 100 cases to a jury verdict. Alvin handles all sorts of injury claims, from car crashes, medical malpractice, slip & trip & falls, to dog bites, incorrect prescri...


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