Shoppers beware elevator and escalator accidents in North Carolina

Few of us give any thought to using an elevator or escalator in a department store, mall or residential building. But the fact is, North Carolina elevator and escalator accidents are a common risk, particularly for children and older adults.

The holiday shopping season brings more people to the mall than at any other time of the year. Wet floors, crowding and poor maintenance are just a few of the causes of elevator and escalator accidents. Our Charlotte injury lawyers wish each of you an enjoyable holiday season and urge you to pay extra attention to children and the elderly around elevators and escalators.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that more than 17,000 people a year are injured each year in accidents on escalators or elevators.

Safety tips include:

-Clothing can be caught in elevators or escalators. Secure loose items, including shoestrings, scarves and long coats.

-Avoid edges, where entrapment most frequently occurs.

-Know where the emergency shutoff is located.

-Always supervise a child on an elevator or escalator.

-Do not allow a child to play on an escalator or elevator.

-Do not sit on escalator steps or handrails.

-Never ride an escalator with a stroller, handcart or other device.

-Face forward and use handrails.

If you or a loved one is injured in an elevator or escalator accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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