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Subject: Elevator Fatalities
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: marketplace123-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 12 Jun 2006 08:14 PDT
Expires: 12 Jul 2006 08:14 PDT
Question ID: 737466
I am looking for statistics on Elevator Fatalities - people that die
due to elevator malfunctions.  Ideally I would like to know how many
people die per year by country or region and by Elevator maker if

Clarification of Question by marketplace123-ga on 12 Jun 2006 08:18 PDT
while fatalities are the most important stat, stats on major injuries
would be helpful as well but not as important.  Also, anything on
overall saftey record by major Elevator Manufacturers would be helpful
(Kone, Schindler, Otis, Thysun Krup, etc)

Clarification of Question by marketplace123-ga on 12 Jun 2006 11:44 PDT
Any news articles over time that reference elevator fatalities would
be helpful as well to at least.  Would be interesting to see how often
they come up in the news and which makers are cited (kone, schindler,
otis, etc)

Request for Question Clarification by czh-ga on 13 Jun 2006 15:58 PDT
Hello marketplace123-ga,

I?ve been researching your question and it?s tougher than you would
expect. I?ve been able to find some statistics on elevator fatalities
and injuries in the US in the past 15 years. It does not give a
breakout by location or company name. I haven?t found much on
international elevator accident statistics. I have found several
stories about elevator accidents and I think it would be fairly easy
to find more. Would this information be useful to you? I note the high
price of your question and you might want to lower the price or post a
new question to my name asking for the limited information I?ve found.

I look forward to your clarification.

~ czh ~

Clarification of Question by marketplace123-ga on 13 Jun 2006 16:38 PDT
CZH.  I am not sure how to ask a questio just to you.  I lowered the
price to $25.  Is that ppropriate for what you have?  I understand the
stats I am looking for are probbaly hard to come by.  Sounds like you
have found some though.  I would be interested in seeing what you
have.  Thanks
Subject: Re: Elevator Fatalities
Answered By: czh-ga on 13 Jun 2006 18:59 PDT
Hello marketplace123-ga,

Thank you for taking my offer of accepting a less comprehensive answer
for a lesser price. I?ve spent several hours and I wasn?t able to come
up with solid statistics on elevator accidents. I did a quick web
search for articles about elevator accidents and found some but I?m
sure that if you did a newspaper archives search you could find many

I hope that what I?ve found will be of some use.

Wishing you well for your projects.

~ czh ~

Deaths and Injuries Involving Elevators and Escalators, Revised 2004


Incidents involving elevators and escalators kill about 30 and
seriously injure about 17,100 people each year in the United States,
according to data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and
the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Injuries to people working on
or near elevators ? including those installing, repairing, and
maintaining elevators, and working in or near elevator shafts ?
account for 14- 15 (almost half) of the deaths. The two major causes
of death are falls and being caught in/between moving parts of
elevators/escalators. Incidents where workers are in or on elevators
or platforms that collapse, are struck by elevators or counterweights,
or are electrocuted are also numerous.

Deaths and Injuries Involving Elevators and Escalators - A Report of
the Center To Protect Workers' Rights (Revised)

Table 1. Deaths involving work on or near elevators or escalators, by
cause and activity, 1992-98

Elevator Accidents Verdicts & Settlements

December 06, 2004
Going up

New York's lifts make around 30 million journeys every day. And during
those billions of trips, last year there were just 139 "serious"

Really, lifts in New York are among the safest places to be. There are
about 63,000 pieces of elevating equipment in the world's tallest city
- that's lifts, escalators, dumb-waiters and amusement rides - more
than in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas combined.
Altogether, New York's lifts make around 30 million journeys every
day. And during those billions of trips, last year there were just 139
"serious" accidents, which either required a passenger to see a doctor
or caused more than $100 of damage to the lift and its passengers'
property. So far this year, with just weeks to go, the running total
is 132.

Table 1 ? Escalator and Elevator Statistics

Elevator and escalator injuries up, paper says
Published October 4, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - The number of injuries to people on elevators and
escalators has increased by 60 percent since the state began
privatizing their inspections, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The number of accidents involving injuries went from 320 in fiscal
year 2000-01, the full year before privatization, to 515 in the
2004-05 fiscal year that ended June 30, the newspaper reported.

Facts About Accidents

Elevator injuries may occur anywhere in any building or construction
where elevators are used. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries
reported 207 deaths in the ten years 1992-2001 ? about 21 per year ?
related to elevators and escalators. (Deaths in this period involving
injuries prior to 1992 were excluded from the study.) Of these, 146
involved work on or near elevators and 61 of those killed were
elevator passengers ? people entering or riding in elevators while at
work. In addition, CFOI reported 5 deaths due to escalators during
this period.

Elevators were disaster within disaster

The World Trade Center had one of the world's great elevator systems ?
198 of the biggest, fastest elevators ever built. On the morning of
Sept. 11, this technological marvel turned against the people who
worked there. USA TODAY estimates that at least 200 people died inside
World Trade Center elevators, the biggest elevator catastrophe in
history. Some people plunged to their deaths after elevator cables
were destroyed by the hijacked jets that crashed into the buildings.
Others burned to death as flames shot down shafts. And some who were
trapped inside stalled elevators died when the buildings collapsed.

Copyright  Houston Chronicle, Aug 18, 2003
HOUSTON TX ? Federal, state and city safety experts converged on
Christus St. Joseph Hospital on Monday to scrutinize the
malfunctioning elevator that Saturday decapitated a young doctor, but
the cause of the deadly accident remained a mystery.

Rick Walsh, an ETS inspector who previously has examined Elevator 14,
described it as a "pretty old" cable-style Otis elevator.

In terse, one- or two-sentence summaries, the federal Consumer Product
Safety Commission has documented numerous other elevator deaths in the
past three years. Many involve persons falling down an open elevator
shaft when the car didn't arrive, or being killed while attempting to
repair or maintain an elevator. In other cases, people were
asphyxiated after being trapped between the elevator and the elevator
A federally financed Center to Protect Workers' Rights study found
that elevator accidents claimed an average of 27 lives a year between
1992 and 1998.

The CPSC does not have jurisdiction to regulate elevators as it does
some products, which means they are not subject to federal accident
inspections or recalls of parts, said spokesman Scott Wolfson. But the
commission does track accident reports involving elevators.

In 2002, 11,315 people reported an elevator accident, down just
slightly from the 11,694 in 2000.

Swiss elevator maker blames fatal Tokyo accident on poor local maintenance
Friday, June 9, 2006 at 09:59 EDT
GENEVA ? Swiss-based elevator maker Schindler group said Thursday that
last week's fatal accident involving one of its elevators in a Tokyo
condominium should not be attributed to the manufacturer's design but
to inadequate servicing by local maintenance firms.

Freakish Fatalities -- Elevator

Claim:   A Houston doctor was decapitated by an elevator. 
Status:   True.

Dr. Hitoshi Nikaidoh. On 16 August 2003, this 35-year-old surgical
resident was decapitated in a freakish elevator accident at Christus
St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas.

On 21 July 2003, 76-year-old L.A. Brown was killed at the Kenner
Regional Medical Center in Kenner, Lousiana,

On 7 May 1999, 56-year-old Mary Margaret Nowosielski died in similar
fashion at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Michigan

On 6 January 1995, a runaway elevator in a Bronx office building
decapitated 55-year-old James Chenault as he tried to help fellow
passengers out of a malfunctioning car.

More than 30 people die in elevator-related accidents each year in the
United States.


On August 23, 2001, eight-year-old Joseph Tucker Smith became
entrapped in the space between the collapsible gate and the swing door
on a circa 1929 elevator in Maine. The elevator responded to an
up-directional hall call, and the ascending elevator fatally crushed
the child. This tragedy could have been avoided had an A17.3
Code-compliant space guard been installed on the inside of the swing
door. The cost of a space guard is minimal, both in terms of material
and labor.

Otis hit with 400k fine following two lift deaths
(12 April 2006 10:00) 

Lift specialist Otis was fined 400,000 in total last week following
an incident in which two men died.

Southampton Crown Court heard that Michael Dawson and Daniel Digby
died five years ago when carrying out lift maintenance at Shirley
Towers in Southampton.
The accident happened when the two men fell against the lift doors,
which swung open in the style of a cat-flap due to inadequate fixings
on the lower rail of the opening. Both men plunged 30m to their

Caught scarf led to womens? lift deaths 

A disabled Greek woman died of a heart attack after her Ukranian
helper choked to death when her scarf got caught in the elevator of an
apartment block in central Athens on Sunday night, police said

The women, both aged 46, were leaving a party taking place in a
Kolonaki apartment when the lift in which they were riding became
stuck between the second and third floors. Residents called the fire
brigade immediately but both women were found dead when firemen were
able to gain access to the elevator.

An elevator is a transport device used to move goods or people
vertically. Outside North America, elevators are known more commonly
as lifts; educated speakers worldwide are however aware of both terms.
Other languages may have loanwords based on either elevator (e.g.
Japanese) or lift (e.g. Cantonese). Because of wheelchair access laws,
elevators are often a requirement in new buildings with multiple

Lawrence Kestenbaum's 
Elevator Page 

Elevator Problem Discussion

Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

Fatal Occupational Injuries in New Jersey - 1993-2002


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