According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, escalator and elevator accidents are responsible for nearly 30 deaths and 17,000 injuries each year in the United States.
Furthermore, people who work on or close to elevator shafts account for almost 50 percent of elevator fatalities, while the other 50 percent are caused by falls.
By definition, an elevator is a type of vertical transportation that moves people and objects between floors of structures and buildings with multiple layers. Unfortunately, elevators often cause severe injuries and deaths to people throughout the state of Georgia and across the United States each and every year.
Types of Elevators
Elevators are considered to be the most convenient form of transportation inside multi-level structures and buildings. Of course, elevators are designed to serve many different purposes; therefore there are several different types of elevators. Some of the basic types of elevators include:
- Climbing elevators
- Conventional elevators
- Geared traction elevators
- Gear-less traction elevators
- Hole-less elevators
- Hydraulic elevators
- Machine room-less elevators
- Non-telescopic hydraulic elevators
- Pneumatic elevators
- Roped-hydraulic elevators
- Telescopic hydraulic elevators
- Traction elevators
- Traction-hydraulic elevators
As these elevators serve many different purposes, they may also cause several different types of injuries.
Causes of Elevator Injuries
In most instances, elevator injuries are categorized as premises liability cases holding the property owner responsible for their faulty equipment, unsafe conditions, or poor maintenance. Some common causes of elevator injuries include:
- Elevator collapses
- Elevator doors close on someone or something
- Elevator drops suddenly
- Elevator equipment becomes stuck to person
- Elevator fails to open or close doors normally
- Elevator has faulty equipment
- Elevator is not even with the floor
- Elevator is stuck between floors
- Elevator speeds up suddenly
- Elevator stops suddenly at a floor
- Elevator strikes a person
Following any of these common causes, elevator injuries are common.
Types of Elevator Injuries
A wide variety of injuries are possible due to the causes of elevator injuries listed above. These injuries may range in severity depending on a number of factors. Some types of elevator injuries include: