Safety Research and Strategies Inc., a leader in safety engineering and failure analysis has recently published an expose’ on the shocking number of children killed and maimed in elevators with swing type outer doors. The information SRS has gathered presents a very disturbing picture of neglect spanning decades. Although the worlds leading elevator manufacturer has known of the problem for over 75 years, and has taken steps to try to remedy it dating back to the 1930’s, the danger remains. This trap strikes the youngest and most vulnerable children, those 3-12 years of age. The danger grows greater as more and more home elevators are installed each year across the country.
The danger exists because of excessive space between the door to the elevator car and the swing door. The child can slip between the two doors. When the elevator is called to another floor the outer door locks trapping the child. What happens when the elevator begins to move is tragic. A simple fix patented in 1933 can stop these tragic accidents. The number of unsafe elevators is in the tens of thousands.
This is particularly troubling because thousands of swing door type elevators are found in homes with children, and children are the victims of this dangerous product. It is essential that this information be broadcast as widely as possible to protect children from this danger.
Another shocking disclosure is the fact that ASME, the organization charged with setting standards, knows about the problem and knows how to fix it, yet it refuses to act. View the entire article here: http://www.safetyresearch.net/2013/07/11/the-elevator-design-hazard-thats-been-killing-children -for-decades/
The article also describes the efforts of personal injury attorneys and the families of dead and severely injured children to ensure these tragic events are not repeated by ensuring the safety rules do what they are supposed to do, and existing elevators are rendered safe. Too often known dangerously defective products remain on the market. Often court action is the only way to force a remedy.
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