You’re trapped in a metal box. Fear, panic, and anxiety set in, and every passing moment feels like a lifetime.
It doesn’t take much to set the scene for how your next trip in an elevator in an office building, shopping center, or apartment building could go wrong, but with over 900,000 elevators in the U.S. and millions of daily passengers, they are one of the safest modes of transportation.
Still, elevator anxiety is a common experience for people using vertical transportation. Elevators are potential sources of injuries and even death to the public and workers installing, repairing, and maintaining them.
Common injury causes are tripping, entangled clothing, being hit by closing elevator doors, or falling. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports an average of 27 elevator deaths and 10,200 injuries annually, most of these incidents occur to elevator technicians rather than during regular passenger use.
Whether you have a fear of being trapped, anxiety about what to do in an emergency, or are unsure how reliable and safe elevators are, there are actions you can take to reduce risks and minimize your fears.
Further, government agencies and the elevator industry are committed to safety. There are specific requirements for state and local inspections. Building owners must perform and document elevator maintenance.
We’ll share a few safety tips and debunk vertical transportation myths to ease your mind.