Deflector Devices Enhance Safety on Escalators

Barry J. Fowkes

Monday 1st May 2000

Since 1982 when safety deflector devices were first introduced on escalators in the UK, the product has gained recognition in many parts of the world. The inclusion of such devices to new specifications of escalators and retro-fitting to existing installations, has made escalator travel for numerous passengers, much safer. In many countries, the product is permitted to be installed, in others it is "illegal" - but under certain conditions can still be introduced and occasionally, in some countries, they are mandatory. There are benefits for all concerned by appropriate means being adopted in attempting to prevent serious injury when using escalators.

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