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June 22, 2017
According to the National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII), there are over 35,000 escalators in the U.S. that transport an estimated 105 billion passengers per year. We rely on these machines every day to get us from place to place, which unfortunately makes many of us take them for granted. At KONE, passenger safety is our number one concern, however, not even scheduled maintenance and best practices can prevent injuries caused by equipment misuse.
As the holiday season approaches, escalators will see a surge in traffic as people flock to malls and department stores for holiday season shopping, as well as the millions that will head to airports. Escalators enable large amounts of people to move from place to place more quickly. It’s important to remember that these machines require you to be attentive while riding, and avoid situations that put you and other riders at risk.
To raise awareness of potential safety risks, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA), the elevator and escalator code authority of Ontario, Canada, has produced a set of public safety videos demonstrating activities that increase the risk of injury on an escalator. We find these videos a good reminder, and warning, of the increased dangers of equipment misuse during the holiday shopping madness.