Otis has approximately 1,000 volunteers teaching escalator-safety classes to children across China, an effort that is increasingly important in light of recent serious and fatal escalator accidents in the world’s largest vertical-transportation market, China News Service reports. Otis employees are getting involved too, with more than 960 having taught safety classes in 33 Chinese cities as of 2015. Launched in 2012, the program shares tips about the proper use of escalators during an approximately 45-min. class and includes a comic book.
ELEVATOR SYSTEM FOR BROOKLYN MTA STATION
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) plans to install one elevator from street to mezzanine and one from mezzanine to subway platform at the Bay Ridge 86th Street Station in Brooklyn, New York City, Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. The station serves many senior citizens, and accessibility advocates welcomed the news. There is no timeframe for the project, but it is part of MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan. MTA is assessing surrounding infrastructure to determine how the system will fit in.
ANOTHER ESCALATOR MISHAP ON STOCKHOLM SUBWAY
A woman sustained injuries as a result of her foot becoming caught in an escalator at a subway station in northern Stockholm, Sweden, during morning rush hour on September 10, The Local reports. It is the second time in 2015 a passenger has been injured on the city’s subway escalators. The woman in the most recent incident was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, and her condition was unknown. The unit was shut down, and authorities are investigating.
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