Are your escalator inspections up to speed?

Escalators should be inspected daily during startup and shutoff to reduce hazards. The Canadian Standards Association’s CSA B44 sets out safety standards for elevators and escalators.

Things you should look for during your inspections:
  • Ensure obstructions are not lodged in the gaps between the step and side panel (“skirt”)
  • If your escalator infrastructure is aging, consider adding brushes to the side panel to stop objects and shoes from getting caught
  • Apply friction-reducing product to the side panel monthly if your escalator is an older model
  • Ensure areas where passengers mount and dismount (landing/comb plates) are clear of obstructions
  • Ensure landing/comb plates and step edges are painted yellow for accessibility
  • Ensure adequate lighting on landings/comb plates and steps
  • Ensure there are not broken “teeth” on the steps
  • Ensure proper signage is installed and visible i.e. strollers and carts are prohibited signage
  • Check for unusual noises and vibrations 
  • Ensure the escalator is operating at proper speed
  • Ensure the escalator speed and handrails operate at a consistent speed
  • Ensure emergency stop buttons are visible and operating correctly
  • Maintain good housekeeping
  • Ensure all maintenance and inspections are documented in a log book

Inspecting your escalators daily will reduce hazards, prevent injuries and ensure due diligence. Your escalators should also be maintained by service technicians at the frequency outlined in your service contract.

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Resources:
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) https://www.csagroup.org/
Remi Network https://www.reminetwork.com/articles/escalators-present-an-often-overlooked-hazard/
Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) https://www.tssa.org/en/index.aspx