Only people of a certain age take a fall. Younger people fall over. The older person may need to see their doctor. The younger person may need to see a doctor. Wow, third sentence in and I am off on a language tangent.
Melbourne's underground Parliament Station has, perhaps, no one is sure, the longest escalators in the Southern Hemisphere. It has been recently reported that there are quite a number of falls on the escalators (if you don't use the term escalator, I mean a moving stairway).
I have used the escalators and I never fell down. What is happening? Why are people falling down on the escalators? The danger point is surely getting on or off the escalator, but that is not where people are falling. They are falling mid flight, so to speak.
I agree with the opinions that there is a lack of vertical architectural elements and the escalator surrounds also lack horizontal elements. I also agree that perhaps lighting and reflections are a problem.
But you know, I was observing a lass on a much shorter escalator at the QV shopping centre in the city. She was totally focused on her phone. Her whole body started to tilt forward. She caught herself by grabbing the moving rubber handrail and steadied herself. Could it be that people looking at their phones and not looking around be the cause of rise in escalator falls at stations, that is they lose their spatial orientation?
Well, I understand some very ugly markings on the escalators have been installed. But if phone staring is the problem, will this help?