Elevators & People Movers                     

 

In the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 900,000 elevators, each serving an average of 20,000 people per year. According to CDC “Incidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and seriously injure about 17,000 people each year in the United States, according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Elevators cause almost 90 percent of the deaths and 60 percent of serious injuries.” 

 

According to SRS – Safety Research & Strategies, INC: “There are about 33,000 escalators operating in the U.S. – far fewer than the number of elevators. But injuries occur more frequently on escalators, about 15 times more frequently than elevators. Falls on and over escalators account for three-quarters of all escalator injuries. Falls often cause more severe injuries and more fatalities.” According CPSC there are more than 7000 accidents per year that require medical treatment. The highest risk group age are children under five and adults 65 years and older.

 

​Major causes

  • Doors are closing too fast applying excessive force on a person causing injuries

  • Elevator’s floor is not even with the building’s floor causing a person to trip

  • High acceleration or deceleration during normal stop/start or emergency stop

  • Escalator’s speed is too high so it is difficult to go on or off that might cause a person to loose his balance

  • A piece of clothing is caught at the edge of a stair pulling a person backward while stepping off the escalator or while moving on a people mover

  • Escalator or people mover high deceleration in case of emergency stop

Services FEI provides

  • Measure the closing speed of the elevator’s doors, escalator and people mover’s speed

  • Measure the closing force applied by the elevator’s doors

  • Measure the acceleration and deceleration of the elevator during normal stop/start and during emergency stop.

  • Measure the speed escalators and people movers

  • Measure the deceleration of escalators and people movers during emergency stop

  • Check the compliance with standards and codes

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