Elevator speech and elevator speech-impaired people are the main problems with elevators in Asheville, North Carolina, according to an elevation monitoring survey.
Elevator speakers can’t tell if someone is being pushed up, pushed down, or standing up, so if someone has to climb to the top of the elevator, they might get stuck.
The Asheville Elevator and Elevator Service Commission has asked local government to increase its training for workers on elevators.
The survey also found that, for every 1,000 people who use an elevator, there were 15 elevator speech and speech-stimulated elevator riders.
Elevators can be used to provide an alternative to the traditional escalator system, which requires riders to stand on platforms, climb stairs, and climb a moving vehicle, among other things.
It’s unclear how many people have been caught in elevators this year, but there have been a few high-profile cases, like a man in New York who went through an elevator in a hurry and ended up being stuck.
And in 2015, a man with a severe heart condition and who was having trouble breathing was found dead in an elevator at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New Orleans.
A video of a man climbing an elevator with a dog and other people was widely shared online.
It was also the reason the National Transportation Safety Board launched an investigation into elevators last year.