Elevator Accidents Can Be PreventedElevators are generally safe and convenient means to go between floors; elevators are essential in multi-story buildings, like those so common in big cities like New York. Elevators need routine maintenance, specialized repairs, and inspections. Although elevators are safe, they can become unsafe if they are neglected and not repaired, inspected, or maintained. Property owners have a duty to ensure that every part of their property is safe; this includes elevators. They have the duty to ensure that their elevators are completely safe to be used as intended. By failing to identify and address hazards present on their elevators, property owners are putting innocent parties at risk. Although the incident is still being investigated and the reason for the elevator malfunction in the incident described above is still to be determined, it is safe to claim that someone failed to identify and address a safety hazard with the elevator – resulting in the incident.
Common Elevator IncidentsAlthough elevator incidents are not too common, it is important to be familiar with the different ways in which elevators – something that so many of us use on a daily basis – can cause harm. Consider the following incidents that could cause harm:
- Elevator cables snapping (elevator freefalls down the elevator shaft and crashes below)
- Elevator doors opening without the elevator cart (people can fall into empty elevator shafts)
- Elevator doors are defecting (sliding closed suddenly while people are exiting/entering the elevator)
- Elevator leveling (unleveled elevators can cause people to trip while entering/exiting elevator)
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