Elevators are a relatively safe means of transport but may be associated with injury and death.

An elevator raises people or materials to different levels in a building by moving up and down a shaft on a platform or compartment.

Risk factors for a fatal elevator accident:

(1) risky behavior (elevator surfing, other)

(2) worker engaged in elevator construction or maintenance

(3) defect in design or manufacture (failure to have a full-length door, etc)

(4) absence/failure of safety measure

(5) elevator malfunction

(6) intoxication or inattention


Cause of death may include:

(1) asphyxia

(2) blunt trauma

(3) avulsion or caught between injuries

(4) drowning

(5) fire

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