The Unexpected Risks of Escalators

Thousands of people a year are hurt on the automated stairwell.
2:51 | 10/06/14

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Coming up on 7:42 with "Gma" on the lookout. This morning, the unexpected risks of escalators. Thousands are hurt on them every year. Mara schiavocampo has the story. Reporter: Escalator accidents are common. They can cause serious injuries or worse. There with ways to protect yourself. Including the one tip everyone should know. ? escalators. Stepping on could bring you a step closer to an accident. Watch as this surveillance video shows air travelers at palm beach international airport facing a different kind of turbulence. Tumbling down the escalator. "Gma on the lookout" learning escalator incidents led to an estimated 12,000 E.R. Sits last year. They can even be fatal. We're talking about the potential for very serious injuries. Very serious. Devastating. Reporter: Chloe Johnson says she was injured when her foot got caught between the stair and side wall of an escalator at just 8 years old. She said, oh, my toe, my toe. It was frightening. Reporter: Common ways to get hurt. Nasty spill. Getting something caught in the machinery like shoe laces or a scarf. Some occur when escalators malfunction. In 010, an escalator at a D.C. Metro station started speeding out of control. Sending dozens tumbling to the ground. While there are local rules and vol voluntary safety codes, there are no stands. The escalator industry's trade organization says all jurisdictions should adopt the code without restriction. What should you do to stay safe? Make sure shoe laces are tied. Don't take strollers or luggage on an escalator. Look at where you're stepping. Not down at a cell phone. Every escalator has an important safety feature. An emergency stop button at the top and bottom. The public they can really do some good by knowing these are here. Reporter: Putting a stop to a potentially dangerous ride. Now experts say if you do have luggage or a stroller or are on crutches, there will almost always be an elevator to use. It may take more time. But it's not worth the risk. People do all these things. It can lead to injury. Thank you, Mara. Coming up, outrage after a

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