Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
November 8, 2013 - Governor Rick Snyder has declared November 10--16 as Elevator Escalator Safety Awareness Week to educate the public to ride safely when using elevators, escalators, and moving walks. The state of Michigan has nearly 27,000 elevators and escalators.
“Today, elevators and escalators are a routine part of our daily life and using them is often taken for granted,” said Irvin J. Poke, director of the Bureau of Construction Codes in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). “Many incidents and accidents could be avoided if consumers followed common sense safety tips.”
Elevators, escalators, and moving walks are among the safest modes of mass transit but it’s important that they be used properly and safely. Too often people can become preoccupied in an airport or shopping mall – dodging out of the way of other people, juggling shopping bags or luggage. Kids jump and play around escalators and people often do not use the handrail. Children and the elderly are considered the most at-risk of being injured. Falls and other accidents may be prevented by using the following safety tips:
Escalators and Moving Walks
Michigan law requires that elevators and escalators be inspected on a regular basis and that installation and maintenance be done in accordance with state codes and national standards. LARA's Bureau of Construction Codes, Elevator Safety Division, and Elevator Safety Board are responsible for a variety of elevating devices including elevators, escalators, moving walks, stairway chairlifts, and dumbwaiters; and handle inspections, complaint investigations, reporting of elevator accidents, and issuing elevator contractor licenses.
Elevator Escalator Safety Week has been recognized nationally since 1994. The Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation estimates there are 900,000 elevators and 35,000 escalators nationwide.