Escalators are an efficient and effective means to get from one floor to the next, and they are often used in supermarkets, shopping centres, and Tube or train stations. However, when escalators are not properly serviced or become wet or slippery, they can cause serious slip-and-fall accidents resulting in significant injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from an escalator accident, Graham Coffey & Co can assist you in making a claim for any losses you sustained. Our Manchester solicitors who specialise in escalator accidents seek maximum compensation from all responsible parties. Contact our law office to speak with us today.
Causes of Escalator Accidents in the UK
At Graham Coffey & Co, we provide specialised legal services for those who have been injured in a wide variety of slip-and-fall accidents, including those occurring on escalators or stairs. We handle escalator accidents resulting from:
- Wet or slippery escalators
- Wet areas surrounding the entrance or exit to the escalator
- Emergency stops
- Spontaneous escalator failures
- Overcrowding, resulting in shoving or falls
Understanding Common Escalator Accidents
One of the most common causes of escalator accidents occurs when the escalator, or the area entering or exiting from it, becomes slippery due to bad weather or drink spills. Most public areas do not have policies in place to put down carpet or to put out signs during inclement weather, relying on individuals to look out for their surroundings. Too many people, however, are distracted by mobile phones, advertisements on the walls, their shopping, their children or their neighbours to notice if steps are slippery.
Another common accident is when the escalator makes an emergency stop, jerking people off balance. This is especially dangerous when escalators are crowded, such as during peak rush hours on the Tube or at a train station. Though rare, individuals may also be trapped by a stray shoelace, scarf or strap caught in the escalator's moving parts, which may lead to an emergency stop.