Closed escalators at the Östermalmstorg station, Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Closed escalators at the Östermalmstorg station, Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Metro escalator injuries increasing

Following a serious accident and the closure of escalators at several Stockholm subway stations, the newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports Saturday that the number of accidents reported on the city’s metro system has tripled in the past five years.

After a woman was caught in an escalator last weekend, the Stockholm Transport Administration SL closed 39 escalators at 11 stations, including all those at the busy Östermalmstorg station. According to some reports it could be months before the questionable escalators can be checked and returned to service.

Now Dagens Nyheter reports that the number of injuries on SL’s escalators increased from 85 in 2010 to 241 last year. So far this year there have been 33 injuries. SL’s Corporate Director of Safety, Lars H. Ericsson tells the newspaper that many of the accidents were falls, due to stress, and not technical problems with the escalators.

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