National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week Starts Today
Over the past seven years, 109 children have been injured in elevator and escalator incidents in the City, including one fatal accident in 2008. In an effort to prevent injuries, since 2004, inspectors from the New York City Buildings Departments Elevators Unit have taught thousands of students how to safely ride the Citys 60,000 elevators and 2,200 escalators and what to do in the event of an emergency. This week, inspectors will be providing critical safety tips to more than 2,300 first, second and third graders in 16 schools throughout the Citys five boroughs. For the first time since the Departments annual educational program began, inspectors will be visiting two senior citizen centers in order to provide safety tips to elderly residents. As part of the elementary school program, students learned the phrase Ring, Relax, Wait, which instructs them to ring the emergency bell when an elevator stalls and wait patiently for help to arrive. When elevators stall, some children attempt to pry elevator doors open, which can result in injury. The phrase is a key component of the Departments elevator safety program. Inspectors focused on teaching simple techniques to staying safe, such as holding onto railings, staying inside when an elevator stalls and ensuring shoelaces are tied before getting onto escalators. National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week is an annual educational program promoting elevator and escalator safety awareness throughout New York City. National Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week is organized by the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation, a charitable organization formed in 1991 to promote safe elevator and escalator use. The personal injury lawyers at Levine & Slavit have decades of experience handling personal injury claims, including for workers injured at construction sites. For 50 years spanning 3 generations, we have obtained results for satisfied clients. Contact the personal injury lawyers at Levine & Slavit for their help. We have offices in Manhattan and Long Island, handling cases in New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and surrounding areas. To learn more, watch our videos.