In busy buildings, hundreds or even thousands of people may ride on an escalator in a single day. Some of those people may drop things out of their bags, pockets or backpacks. Those items could fall down the stairs and wind up in the escalator’s mechanisms. Routine NYC escalator inspection services often turn up unusual items that could have a big impact on the functioning of the system.
Money of all types, denominations and origins is often found during escalator inspections. Coins are common, but unusual coins may be a part of the collection. Coins can get stuck in the steps and motor, which makes them a potential danger because they could create sparks. Paper money could cause the system to overheat. The paper could ignite, which presents a risk to the escalator’s passengers and the safety of the system.
Kids are also among the riders of escalators. Children may end up dropping their toys onto the escalator. Small items such as fidget spinners, bouncy balls and stuffed animals may fall into the steps or side rail gap. Small toys such as doll clothes, Barbie dolls and other accessories could also fall into the escalator and get stuck, melt or cause other problems with the device. Plastic toys can melt, and fabric toys could ignite if there are sparks.
Items of clothing could fall through an escalator. Dangling items such as scarves easily get loose from a person and fall down the escalator. Clothing that a person carries in their hand, such as an extra shirt, could also fall down into the machine. Children’s shoes and socks are also found underneath escalators and around their motors. Rarely, coats or pants could go all the way through the escalator, wrapping around the rail system or getting stuck in the chain or motor.