Elevators are complex machines that require regular inspections and proper servicing to maintain safety. Elevators cause serious injuries including fractures, joint damage, back injuries, amputations and even death under a number of circumstances:
- Pulley system malfunction, or a mechanical breakdown or defect causing an elevator to drop rapidly within the shaft.
- Open shaft, or the risk of fall due to faulty doors or other failures to protect passengers from entry.
- Faulty wiring, elevator control malfunction, or a risk of electrocution.
- Incomplete repairs, maintenance, or inspections by unqualified personnel.
- Unbalanced leveling and the failure of the elevator to line up with the floor.
- Wiring malfunction or entrapment due to the heat from fire or water from emergency sprinklers or hoses.
While building codes and regular inspections are intended to protect elevator riders approximately Ten Thousand (10,000) injuries and nearly Thirty (30) elevator deaths are reported each year. Tragically each one of these injuries and fatalities is completely avoidable.
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