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Elevator and escalator incidents account for nearly 30 deaths and 17,000 injuries each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Consumers using these devices along with workers who maintain or build them are all are included in the statistical data as all have suffered in some way from an elevator or escalator. Elevators are the cause of 90% of the deaths and 60% are for the injuries incurred on an elevator. Many of the incidents that occur involve a worker who in some way was engaging in an act that required them to work on an elevator or escalator. Some instances include:


  • Employees working in or near the elevator shafts fell into the shaft.
  • Workers were caught in or between moving parts of elevators and escalators.
  • A worker was caught in or between an elevator platform that collapsed.
  • Incidents involving someone being struck by an elevator or counterweights.


While it is the duty of an employee working in this field to obtain adequate schooling and/or training, it is also the responsibility of the employer to ensure they aren’t placing anyone who might not be qualified out in the field without the necessary training for this particular task. Employers are also required to provide their employees with a safe environment to avoid any injuries or exposure to harmful or hazardous material or conditions. If they fail to do so, they may be at risk of being sued for personal injury damages.

If you were injured on an elevator or escalator or you lost a loved one in an accident involving one or the other, allow one of our skilled West Virginia personal injury lawyers to assess the details of your case and help you decide what form of action you want to take in the event negligence was a contributing factor to the injuries or the wrongful death.


What are some ways employers can prevent accidents involving elevators and escalators?

  • Assure that workplace protective practices and training are adequate. For example, the CDC recommends that employers de-energize and lock out electrical circuits and mechanical equipment when elevators and escalators are out of service or being repaired.
  • “Establish a permit-required confined-space program for elevator shafts.”
  • If an employee is working in or near an elevator shaft, the employee needs to provide fall protection.
  • Employers have an adequate inspection and maintenance program so that they aren’t placing their worker’s lives at risk by allowing them to work on dangerous devices.
  • Employers use qualified workers for escalator and elevator repair and maintenance to ensure mistakes aren’t made or lives aren’t placed in harm’s way.


Need help finding a personal injury attorney in the state of West Virginia?

If you are an employee who was injured on an elevator or escalator or a consumer who sustained an injury while in a store, you may be able to recover funds for any medical treatment you had rendered or for the pain and suffering you endured. The personal injury lawyers featured on can help anyone living within the state of WV who has been harmed both mentally and physically in any type of accident. Negligence plays a large role in personal injury cases so no matter what type of case you have, in order for a claim to be viable, more than likely you will have to prove negligence was the cause. However, that is something our lawyers can help you with.

So, if you are ready to learn more about the compensation you might be entitled to or need answers to your questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call now.