American Survival Guide
UP AND RUNNING
ELEVATORS ARE MUCH SAFER THAN YOU THINK
Even though thousands of people have anxiety concerning every aspect of an elevator, the truth is that they are, by far, extremely safe. Sustaining an injury or dying while riding one is extremely rare. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are about 30 fatal elevator accidents every year, which includes elevators and escalators, with only about half of them being passengers. The other half are workers who fell down the shaft or got caught in moving parts.
Injuries from elevators include people getting caught between the doors as they close and losing their balance as the elevator lifts or descends. On average, there are about 900,000 elevators operating in the United States today, with 325 million rides every day. Interestingly enough, many people fear elevators and take the stairs, but stair-related deaths average a staggering 12,000 per year.