Family of Mass. woman who died on esc...

Family of Mass. woman who died on escalator sues

There are 5 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Nov 3, 2009, titled Family of Mass. woman who died on escalator sues. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

The family of an 82-year-old Boston woman who died on an MBTA escalator claims in a lawsuit that she was strangled when her hair and scarf became stuck in the machine.

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yosemite sam

Adams, MA

#1 Nov 3, 2009
So the State Inspection of the escalator was found to have no defects....hmmm...
Just because it was found to have no defects, doesn't mean the escalator doesn't have any design flaws. Flaws that are responsible for the woman's death (?)
FJX

United States

#3 Nov 3, 2009
Bostontude wrote:
She's 82.....! Who cares, she was already dead to begin with, it's not like she was a productive member of society....get over it.
Fortunately not many people have your limited vision. First, 82 can be very productive. Second, being productive is not a requirement to be allowed to live.

I suspect you are just trying to start a fight.
Puddleducks

Ashfield, MA

#4 Nov 3, 2009
yosemite sam wrote:
So the State Inspection of the escalator was found to have no defects....hmmm...
Just because it was found to have no defects, doesn't mean the escalator doesn't have any design flaws. Flaws that are responsible for the woman's death (?)
So it makes sense to sue the owner of the escalator that may have been designed badly... by someone else?
Hummm

Franklin, MA

#5 Nov 3, 2009
yosemite sam wrote:
So the State Inspection of the escalator was found to have no defects....hmmm...
Just because it was found to have no defects, doesn't mean the escalator doesn't have any design flaws. Flaws that are responsible for the woman's death (?)
Typically if you supply hundreds/thousands of escalators, you pretty much have to use a common design that doesn't kill people. When you read a comment "no defects" it assumes the equipment was designed safe in the first place. If the event happens once in 10 years (just as an example), you have to question if the equipment is un-safe or was used in an abnormal mannor. You can drive any car into a tree and kill yourself and you will never see a chain-saw with a guard all the way around the chain (realy wouldn't be chain-saw then would it!).
Be Safe
the pope

Morehead City, NC

#6 Nov 3, 2009
Did the escalator cause her to go into cardiac arrest? No. If she didn't have a heart attack and fall, she wouldn't of died. How is it the escalators fault. She was 82, alone, riding a train, where was her care taker. I see why the family is trying to sue somebody. They probably don't have any money to begin with. They could of drove grandma to the doctors.

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