Saturday, March 15, 2008

IU School of Medicine Studies Escalator Injuries

In the first large scale national study of escalator-related injuries to older adults, researchers led by Dr. Joseph O'Neil and Dr. Greg Steele of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, report that the rate of these injuries has doubled from 1991 to 2005. The results of the study are published in the March 2008 issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, reports the IU News Bureau.

Using U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission data, the researchers found nearly 40,000 older adults were injured on escalators between 1991 and 2005.

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