The report states that since 1997, building code regulations in Quebec require that all new escalator installations have an automatic shutdown feature in the event of a malfunction or for instance, if something gets caught
New York, N.Y (PRWEB) March 17, 2014
New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm emphasized the importance of having accessible and visible emergency stop buttons on escalators saying that they could make the difference between life and death. Wilhelm was quoted in a Feb. 5 news article published by the Globe News in Montreal, Canada. The article reported the death of Naima Rharouity, a woman who died after an item of her clothing was caught on the escalator at the Fabre metro station in Montreal. Her husband Scherkaoui El Hananana told the newspaper that he is "deeply disturbed" at what caused her death and is looking for an explanation.
The report states that since 1997, building code regulations in Quebec require that all new escalator installations have an automatic shutdown feature in the event of a malfunction or for instance, if something gets caught. However, these regulations were not made retroactive, the report states. Wilhelm says that emergency stop buttons are an important safety component for escalators. "However, these buttons must be installed along the length of the stairs," he says.
The emergency stop buttons must also be visible and clearly identified, Wilhelm says. "Even if there was an emergency button placed right next to you, but you didn't know it, that would be of no use when you are caught or stuck and require immediate help." At the Fabre metro station where the fatal incident occurred, there were two emergency stop buttons on the escalator, but they were both at the end of the stairs and inconspicuous, the report states.
Wilhelm offers several tips for New York commuters to help guard against escalator accidents:
- Stand facing forward and hold the handrail.
- Always hold children by hand and do not let them run on the escalator or play on it.
- If your child is in a stroller, do not use an escalator. Use the elevator instead.
- Stay clear of moving parts. Keep your hands, feet and clothing clear of the side panels of the escalator. Also, make sure you have no dangling or loose items from your clothing or undone shoelaces that could get caught in the escalator's moving parts.
- Be careful when you step on or off the escalator. Step over the comb plate located at the top and bottom of every escalator.
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