Elevators are one of safest types of accessibility systems. However, improper use of elevators, escalators, and any other accessibility device can result in serious injuries, even fatal ones.
Elevators are indispensable in multi-story businesses, apartment complexes, shopping malls, and other public places. Many modern homes also have elevators. Elevator safety in malls and airports is a matter of great concern, especially during the shopping season. To promote public safety awareness for accessibility equipment such as elevators and escalators, the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF) observes National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week in the U.S. and Canada during the second week of November. This year, this annual event was held from November 11-17.
Certain factors that can cause or contribute to elevator accidents and resulting injuries include sudden stops, broken cables, power failures, and faulty doors. Education and greater understanding can help reduce avoidable accidents. Following these simple guidelines can help improve passenger safety in elevators: