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November 12, 2009

Elevator / Escalator Safety Week

Elevator / Escalator Safety Week is November 9-13
National Elevator / Escalator Safety Awareness Week is celebrated the second full week of November each year to increase public awareness of safe riding behavior.

Why is this important? Because the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates some 20,000 injuries from elevators and escalators require emergency-room treatment each year. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 13 workers died from on-the-job accidents involving elevators in 2007.

If you have elevators or escalators in your facility or worksite, this is the perfect time to review safety records and measures to protect your workers. The ASME A17.1, Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and CSA B44, Safety Code for Elevators, are the basis for elevator codes used throughout the United States and Canada, but are only guides unless adopted as law or regulation by the authority having jurisdiction.

For more information:
View elevator and escalator safety signs at
View the ASME A17.1/CSA B44 table of contents here, or buy the handbook here.
Review OSHA confined space regulations pertaining to elevator pits here.

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