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1 The Importance of Accident Statistics 1 Introduction Statistics and Gaps Good Reasons for Statistics Conclusions

2 Published Le Figaro Nov 11 th, 2012 Le Parisien Nov 11 th, 2012 TF1 France News Ouest France News At the airport Orly, in the evening of November 6th, 2012 a 70 years old man died as a result of falling on the escalator. Course of event assumptions He had travelled by standing back to the handrail between a luggage trolley and the balustrade. Both hands were at the handrail. He arrived at the comb plate and fell. He obviously tried to prevent falling by grabbing the handrail which pulled his hand into the handrail entry section and activated the stop of the escalator. Due to the move of the handrail his body twisted and he was caught underneath the handrail newel which compressed his chest in a way that he couldn t breath.

3 Published TV-feature (05.March 2012 evening) In an apartment building in Utrecht, February 1 st a 64 years old handicapped man died as a result of a heart attack after he was stuck in the elevator Course of event assumptions During being locked in the cabin the victim got a heart attack which caused his death. It seems that he wasn t able to press the emergency button to call for help. Due to the fact that the situation took place in a duplex installation in the apartment building while the other lift was still running, there was no need to call the service immediately by other users. He was found 2 days later.

4 and the issue becomes more important in future almost 30% of fatal accidents of elderly people are caused by falls

5 How to prevent? Implementation of SNEL, EN for existing portfolio New or extensions to regulations and legislations, e.g. EN Built up awareness by owners and operators Built up awareness by users The cycle of action for accident prevention Accident Data Starting Point Evaluation Information about risks Prevention Action Priorities and target groups => this requires reliable statistics on accidents and causes

6 Past ELA Statistics..example.. Lift Accidents User Accidents Only 14 of the 30 countries Total User Accidents Quality? of which fatal accidents F S M F S M F S M F S M Belgium Czech Republic Denmark Finland France Germany Hungary Italy Luxembourg Norway Romania Switzerland Turkey Reports missing United Kingdom Total

7 Challenges and Opportunities in Accident Statistics User accidents difficulties to capture - minor accidents get usually not reported - decentralized reporting of major accidents - elevator companies are not always involved Rule to verify (approach acc. To Heinrich, Bird, HSE UK,..) 1 Fatal Accident Workers accidents difficulties to capture - subcontractors do not report on minor injuries - reporting differs due to different work laws Supporting data - classification to work location and body part by some elevator companies, see example Serious Accident *) Minor accident + *) Serious user accident => Hospitalization for more than 24 hours for any reason but medical observation

8 New Reporting on Accident Statistics 30 countries are covered Elevator Associations for non-group Companies + Group Companies *) different definition for serious user and workers accident ACCIDENT STATISTICS COLLECTION AUSTRIA BELGIUM BULGARIA CYPRUS CZECH REPUBLIC DENMARK ESTONIA FINLAND FRANCE GERMANY GREECE HUNGARY IRELAND ITALY LATVIA LITHUANIA LUXEMBOURG MALTA NORWAY POLAND PORTUGAL ROMANIA SLOVAKIA SLOVENIA SPAIN SWEDEN SWITZERLAND THE NETHERLANDS TURKEY UNITED KINGDOM Lift workers accidents Lift users accidents Escalator workers accidents Escalator users accidents Fatal accident Workers Accident Classification - Installation Accident Causes - Service e.g. Unsafe access to machine room Users Accident Causes - technical reasons - human reasons Additional Fatal Accident Report Severity Fatal, serious *), others Severity Fatal, serious *), minor

9 Main causes of user accidents (Europe ) lift cases 392 escalator cases 4 4 Stopping accuracy/ bad levelling 53% Entrapment 16% No protective devices on power operated doors 16% % Lack of car door 4% 26% Locking problems 4% Uncontrolled movement of car 4% No safety gear or overspead governor on electric lifts 3% 4 Covered by SNEL / %ages in % Slipping on steps/pallets/belt and on landings 29% 30% Entrapment between skirting and steps 7% Entrapment between combs 8% steps/ballets/belt 7% 5% Entrapment between steps or pallets 5% Improper use of an escalator to move a shopping cart 4% Climbing the balustrade 3% Entrapment at handrail entry points 3% Falling due to stopping distance being too short 3% Falling (without technical reason) 28%

10 Success Story

11 Further reasons for a good data base The need for a pan-european accident and injury data system An Initiative of several European associations and committees Call on the European Institutions and the Member States to create an EU-funded accident and injury data system, embracing all Member States, under the co-ordination of the European Commission Best practice example => US National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) For over 30 years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has operated the injury surveillance system collect injury data at a low cost for a large number of cases. Web access to NEISS allows estimates to be retrieved on-line, aiding its use by a wide range of stakeholders

12 Claim by ELA Accident statistics are important to help promoting quality, safety and highest technical standards and encouraging technical progress in the field of manufacturing, installation and maintenance of lifts and escalators. The accident statistics help to o o o o identify the causes for accidents both for users and workers analyze hot spots and take actions, e.g. provide new safety norm proposals and influence Brussels and local government for coming up with new guides or regulations example SNEL use identified top accidents by elevator companies to improve their elevator and escalator safety support the elevator industry and associations to built up awareness for owner/operators and users Statistics are used to convince authorities of the actions to be undertaken in a first time and to confirm the effectiveness of these measures in a second time Only true data can help It is worth to do it right! Please support

13 Thank You

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