Escalators: Staying a step ahead with health and safety

Little has changed in terms of the design of escalators since the late 19th century, meaning the same risks still persist today. Regular inspection and maintenance is crucial in ensuring the equipment remains in optimum working order.

This article considers the risks currently existing around escalators and what might lie ahead in the future.

Topics covered:
• A brief history of escalators and moving walkways.
• User error hazards.
• Maintenance and inspection – legal requirements.
• The future of escalators.