Published On: Wed, Apr 20th, 2016

Stairways, Escalators, Elevators: Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention on the Move

Whenever you are out and about, there is a risk that you could suffer from an accident. Whether you are working in an office, traveling to work, or heading out to the mall, always take special care to avoid slipping and falling. Some buildings are more dangerous than others, so watching where you walk is always important.

Some of the areas that present the most risks are stairways, escalators, and elevators. Here are some of the things to be aware of when using these to reduce the risk of having an accident.


Take special care on stairways, and especially those that are outdoors. If the weather is cold, check for ice, and also check for water or any loose stones or other materials.

If there is a handrail, use it. Just in case you slip on a stair, you will have extra support to prevent you from falling. Also be careful if the steps are very small.

Many people have accidents on steps. If you fall over as a result of damage to the step, or because it has not been cleaned properly, you could suffer from a serious injury. If you suffer a serious injury like a brain injury, you could even take legal action.

The safest thing you can do is always go slowly and watch where you place your feet very carefully.

photo Brandon Jones

photo Brandon Jones


We encounter escalators everyday in buildings, malls, and especially public transport. Most of us are so used to them by now that we don’t associate them as presenting any risk, but accidents do happen, and even fatalities. Sometimes these are as a result as faults in the escalator itself, but often they are due to using the escalators incorrectly.

Make sure your shoelaces are tied up, and always stand in the center of the step so that your toes do not become trapped between two steps. Don’t let your shoes slide against the side, and be very careful of loose clothing.

Be careful with young children, and especially when you are getting on and off the escalators. Always pay attention to where you are so that you do not get surprised when you reach the end.

Never, ever put your fingers on the stairs, and if you notice a problem, always alert the authorities immediately.


In general, elevators are very safe to use. The most common thing that can go wrong is that the elevator stops working, trapping you inside. This is not usually a problem unless you attempt to break your way out, so don’t panic, and simply wait to be rescued.

Always try to alert the authorities using the emergency button, or use your cellphone if you can get a signal. It won’t take long for people to work out that the elevator has broken.

Always stand clear of the doors, and don’t try to stop the doors if they are closing. Also, don’t use the elevator if there is a fire or electrical problems in the building, and don’t overcrowd an elevator.

Stay Safe Wherever You Are

No matter where you go, always look out for your personal safety, as well as the safety of more vulnerable people like elderly people or young children. Keep these tips in mind when you use stairways, elevators, and escalators to ensure you do not suffer any accidents, and stay safe from trips and falls.

Guest Author :

Owen Giles is a retired health & safety coordinator who enjoys feeling useful by writing articles on the topics he knows about. His articles are published on a range of business blogs but also other niche sites too.

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