• Elevators are 20x safer than escalators. There are 20x more elevators than escalators, only 1/3 more accidents.
  • Elevators are also safer than cars. An average of 26 people die in elevators each year in the US. There are 26 car deaths every 5 hours!
  • Most deaths are elevator technnicians.
  • Elevators used to require a two-man dispatcher/operator team to function. The advent of navigational buttons rendered those jobs obsolete.
  • The area required for personal space is 2.3 feet. The average amount on elevators is generally 2 feet.
  • Elevator hatches are generally bolted shut for safety reasons. In times of elevator crisis, the safest place is inside the elevator.
  • The myth about jumping just before impact in a falling elevator is just that, a myth. You can’t jump fast enough to counteract the speed of falling. And you wouldn’t know when to jump.
  • Elevators are statistically the safest way to travel.
  • Maximum altitude that one cable hoisted elevator can achieve is 1700 feet.
  • Every elevator is supported by multiple cables and each of those cables can safely carry entire elevator and its passengers.
  • Close Door button will not make door close faster.
  • The only known occurrence of an elevator car free falling due to a snapped cable (barring fire or structural collapse), was in 1945. A B25 Bomber crashed into the Empire State Building, severing the cables of two elevators. The elevator car on the 75th floor had a woman on it, but she survived due to the 1000 feet of coiled cable of fallen cable below, which lessened the impact.
Elevators in America
Average daily trips by the elevator user
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