February 24, 2009 | Dave Janney

Tragic Story of Elderly Lady Killed in Escalator Accident

Here is the story:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2009/02/by_globe_staff_44.html

They may want to lay blame on medical issues, age, etc., but a problem with guarding of these units appears to be ongoing.  This speaks to issues of design, maintenance, and inspection.  I hope this unfortunate situation triggers a thorough review of their equipment and processes.

About 25 years ago I was leaving work at the Philadelphia airport and my sneaker got sucked into a hole from a missing tooth on an escalator.  Since I was an airport employee, I reported it to make sure it got fixed.  All I could think of was a little kid’s fingers being sucked into that hole.  A few weeks letter I get a check for $30 in the mail and a release from liability on the back where you endorse the check.  I appreciated the money, but I think the reason for the check was to avoid litigation.  Nice.

This was an issue of public safety, but is your machinery properly guarded at your worksite?  Take a look at “equipment guard NI” in your TapRooT® Root Cause Tree® Dictionary for help.

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