Retired Escalator Worker: Failing to Follow Rules Leads to Missing Shoes, Clothes and Worse

Failing to follow the rules while riding an escalator can have, at least, embarrassing, and, at worst, deadly results, a retired maintenance worker told Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph recently. During his nearly 20 years in the business, he said he’s seen instances where women’s dresses were ripped off and where children’s shoes — such as rubber-soled Crocs — got caught. Such accidents are simple to avoid, he says, by following basic safety rules such as standing inside steps’ yellow lines, holding onto railings, paying attention, not running or playing on escalators, not taking strollers or scooters on them and avoiding riding if one is intoxicated. Though sometimes humorous, elevator/escalator safety is no laughing matter. It is a topic members of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation are exploring deeply during their annual General Membership Meeting this week in Tampa. 

The passenger to whom this shoe belongs  is fortunate that his or her shoe is the only thing he or she lost. Image courtesy of Reddit.

The passenger to whom this shoe belongs is fortunate that his or her shoe is the only thing he or she lost. Image courtesy of Reddit.

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