Escalator Safety Tips - Elevator and Escalator Safety
Escalators provide safe and convenient access in our rapid moving society, but it is important to remember that they are unattended machines without conscience. Every effort is made by the State of Maryland to ensure their safe operation and YOU too can take part by heeding these few simple rules.
USE care when stepping on and off
ATTEND small children at all times
HOLD the handrail
NO bare feet and avoid wearing floppy sandals and open-toe shoes
DO NOT run up or down the steps
KEEP FEET AWAY FROM THE SIDE EDGES OF STEPS
NO carts or strollers
TIE all shoelaces
Maryland's Safety Record
- Escalators are certainly a convenience, but used improperly they can be hazardous, causing unnecessary injuries.
- Even with a stringent elevator/escalator safety inspection program, Maryland is not without accidents. Although our accident rate is low; accidents do happen. Some accidents cause serious injury - even death.
How You Can Help
If you see an escalator that does not appear safe, or one on which an accident has occurred, call the Elevator/Escalator Safety Inspection Unit of the Division of Labor and Industry at (410) 767-2990.
For additional information, contact:
Division of Labor and Industry
Elevator and Escalator Safety
10946 Golden West Drive, Suite 160
Hunt Valley, MD 21031.
Emergency telephone number: 410-767-2350