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Making light of escalator accidents

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According to Network Rail, “the better design of the new look New Street had helped to prevent falls” on escalators. In another epic failure of judgment, the company’s PR operation has released a video of people having accidents on escalators, set to jaunty music.

Escalator accidents are a serious matter, which have on occasion resulted in fatalities.

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Written by beleben

December 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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  1. As a Brummie (presumed) you might have an assessment of the new installations compared to other escalators. Those carrying high flows of people, will have 3-4 treads running level before they start to rise, as this enables people to get stabilised on the moving treads before they rise up, and position any bag they have with them in to a stable place. In retail installations the escalators are shoe-horned in to minimise the loss of sales area, and often rise or drop within 1-2 treads, and have a greater potential for incidents to arise. This, combined with the running speed can make an escalator feel comfortable or uncomfortable to use.

    You may gauge some comparisons by trying the escalators at Birmingham International Station and the ones that take you down from the link bridge to the NEC Halls complex

    The Tyne Tunnels (for pedestrians and cyclists) were only accessible by escalator – long ones, which were used by everyone going via the tunnel, bikes included. A key detail is in how the users transfer to the movement first in horizontal and then in vertical planes, rather than both at once.

    Dave H (@BCCletts)

    December 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm


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