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Elevator Accidents

When we do things countless times in our day-to-day life, we tend to view them as mundane, as safe, as boring. Think about the last time you were impressed by driving down the highway at 65 miles per hour in a 1.5-ton hunk of steel. Or the last time you thought about the amazing processing power of the computer you work on at the office. Once we get used to something, we tend to forget about it outside that we’re entitled to it. We only notice these things when they don’t work.

Elevators are like this. They’ve been in our lives so long that we tend to forget that they’re heavy steel boxes that go up sometimes thousands of feet in a narrow shaft. If anything were to go wrong, you could be killed or seriously injured. About 30 people die every year in the United States from elevator accidents, with thousands more injured. Being stuck in an elevator for hours can lead some people to experience psychological trauma. The numbers indicate that elevator injuries are fairly rare, but it still pays to be prepared.

Preventing Injury

You probably already know the keys to safely riding in an elevator, but a refresher never hurts:

  • When you enter an elevator, press the floor button you want, then move to the back of the elevator and firmly grasp any available handrails.
  • Try not to move around the elevator any more than necessary.
  • Avoid pressing the buttons more than you have to.
  • If you need to hold the door open, do so by pressing the button, not reaching and grabbing the door.
  • If the elevator does become stuck, do not panic. Stay calm and press the button for emergency help.

If you follow these tips, you can reduce your chance of being involved in an elevator accident.

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If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an elevator accident, contact a Milwaukee personal injury lawyer of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling (414) 271-0900.