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Common escalator defects

Posted on January 15, 2015 11:12 am under Premises Liability

Escalators have granted critical convenience of travel between floors inside almost every establishment – retail, commercial, or public, such as airports and hospitals. Through time, however, it has become apparent that great injury can occur when an elevator or escalator is defective or has not been maintained. Sadly, several fatalities have already been recorded due to non-work-related escalator accidents.

The most common escalator defects that increase the risk of incidents and deaths are:

  • Missing or broken escalator steps
  • Defective design
  • General malfunction
  • Missing or loosened screws
  • Broken handrail
  • Missing teeth along the track of the escalator
  • Wide gap between the walking area of the steps and the escalator handrails

Sadly, incidents caused by a defective escalator would not have happened if the property manager or owner had not failed to ensure that escalators were in their optimum conditions when in operation. To seek the assistance of a defective escalator attorney in Wisconsin, consult with our team of premises liability attorneys at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling (414) 271-0900 today.