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BMC study shows diverting passengers to elevators could help reduce falls at Logan Airport
Date:4/12/2012

rt Fire/Rescue and Boston EMS during 2009 and 2010 at the airport. They found that 96 percent of falls occurred in terminals and 37 percent of all falls resulted in transport to hospital emergency departments. Seventy-two percent of those who fell were female, and 43 percent were over the age of 65. An undetermined number of the events involved airport personnel rather than passengers and none of the incidents examined in the study involved fatalities.

Escalators were the most common location for all reported falls (44 percent), and the researchers suggested that some risks associated with these falls might include carrying more luggage (due to changes in baggage fees), using cell phones, not using handrails, and compromised strength and balance due to age.

"Interventions that target escalator falls hold the greatest promise to decrease the incidence of falls at this airport," said Howland. These interventions could include signage and audio messages to encourage passengers with luggage to use elevators instead of escalators.

The Massport action plan will focus primarily on escalator safety and will include audio public service announcements and signage in the airport terminals to suggest some passengers to use elevators instead of escalators.

"While these data and analysis was done at one airport, the findings could be generalized and applied in other public places, including transit stations, shopping malls and other airports," added Howland.


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Contact: Jenny Eriksen
jenny.eriksen@bmc.org
617-638-6841
Boston University Medical Center
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