Had an elevator accident? Call a negligence lawyer
Weitz & Luxenberg has represented plaintiffs in thousands of negligence and malfunctional equipment cases. Too often, they have witnessed the sad result of cost-cutting and laziness that impacts an innocent bystander's life. This is especially true when it comes to elevator and escalator accidents. These two devices make life easier so long as they are properly maintained. When they are not, they cannot only be dangerous, but deadly.
If you were injured in an elevator accident, or suffered any kind of personal injury through no fault of your own, please fill out the form on this page for a complimentary review of your case. It is important you do this early. In some cases, the statute of limitations for some accidents may be as short as 30 days.
Freight elevators: not for public use
Escalator and elevator accidents claim nearly 30 lives and injure about 17,000 people yearly in the United States, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Freight elevators are found in office and residential buildings across the country. As with other kinds of elevators, it is imperative they meet specific requirements and regulations. It is also essential that they pass frequent inspection to ensure their safe use.
Freight elevators carry objects more often than people (Though people are often inside the freight), but are usually larger and better able to carry heavy objects than passenger elevators. However, they are not required to maintain various ASME A17.1 code requirements, due to the fact that they are deemed "not for public use."
The lack of these code requirements, coupled with their steady use, makes them a likelier spot for an accident than a typical passenger elevator.
Service & repair at risk
Elevator installers and repairers are most prone to these accidents. Ironically, the people charged with keeping these devices safe have the sixth-highest occupational death rate among construction trades.
According to the U.S. Labor Department’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, half of the annual elevator-related fatalities occur in repair or maintenance workers who service elevators, or people who use elevators as part of their employment, such as in office buildings. Of those, half of the fatalities result from falls into the shaft. 53 percent of occupational-related elevator deaths occur during installation or repair, 17 percent occur during work in the shaft or car, and 30 percent occur during performance of work near the elevator.
What you can do
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