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Ways That Elevator Accidents Can Occur

Ways That Elevator Accidents Can Occur

Today, we’ll be going over ways that elevator accidents may happen.

If you have an elevator at home, you likely use it all of the time. You trust your elevator to get you to your destination without hesitation. If designed properly, an elevator should in turn be able to function properly, but if errors are made during the installation, or if people don’t follow safety guidelines, elevator accidents can happen. Today, we’ll be going over ways that elevator accidents may happen.


Unfortunately, mis-leveling is a common culprit for elevator accidents. It’s a problem that occurs whenever an elevator doesn’t stop at a floor’s level. There may be something off with the drum, springs, or brake linings. Sometimes, it’s caused by fluctuating electrical voltage, or simply having the elevator overloaded.

If an elevator doesn’t stop right on the floor where it should stop, it creates a risk for people to slip or trip, which could cause injury.

Too Much Speed

If an elevator is too fast during operation, passengers inside the elevator can fall to the floor, be thrown into walls, or be thrown against each other, which raises the risk of injuries occurring. That’s why elevators need to be maintained constantly so that you know for certain that the speed of your elevator is appropriate.

Malfunctioning Doors

Oftentimes, when you have a modern home elevator, it will come with built-in sensors for the door. These sensors will open the door slowly to minimize the chance of an injury occurring. However, if there’s a malfunction with the door, it might not detect if someone is near the door, so the door could shut even if someone is going through it. This could cause injuries, or cause people to get stuck in their elevators.

Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!

For over a decade, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.

For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!

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