Lawyers in our firm have handled lawsuits involving injuries caused by elevators that didn’t work properly. While it is generally accepted that elevators are a safe and reliable means of transportation, it’s known that preventable injuries do occur. The majority of the incidents involving injury or death fall into three categories:
Few people understand how an elevator works or how the design, construction, maintenance and repair of elevators is regulated. That’s no big surprise. It should be noted that there are many different types of elevator configurations. But the majority of passenger elevators fall into one of two categories: hydraulic or traction.
A hydraulic elevator uses a hydraulic piston to raise and lower the elevator car. A traction elevator uses a geared or gearless hoist machine along with a counter weight to control the travel of the car. Hydraulic systems are typically limited to buildings that are three stories tall or shorter. Traction elevators involve a motor-driven configuration where cables are attached to the car and looped over a drive sheave to a counter weight. The counter weight is located in the hoist way and rides a separate rail system.
If you need more information on this subject, contact Mike Andrews, a lawyer in our firm’s Personal Injury/Products Liability Section, at 800-898-2034 or by email at Mike.Andrews@beasleyallen.com.
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