Are elevators hazardous to seniors’ health?

Posted on April 5, 2010


A study out of Indiana University shows that elevators can cause injuries to seniors. The study analyzed the injuries and made some suggestions about how to avoid these injuries in the future.

More than 2,600 seniors have serious elevator related injuries each year in the United States. According to an article in HealthDay News, the most common injuries were trips, falls and slips. The second most common injury was the result of elevator doors closing on someone. The third most common injury was the result of a walker wedged in the door opening. According to the LA Times Blog Booster Shots, hip fractures were the most common injury among people hospitalized as the result of an elevator injury. They also stated that another common cause of elevator injuries could be the misalignment of the elevator with the floor.

Some of the recommendations in the study include making the door open buttons twice the size of the other buttons, so that they are easy to find if someone wants to stop the door from closing on another individual. They also recommended that bright paint be applied to the edge of the elevator and the floor so that they can be easily seen.