Does this thing have a manual?

Well, I didn’t think an escalator needed one, but the numbers seem to say different:


For those who can’t read the poor quality text, it says “Last year: 1,024 injuries”.

The number drew my attention for two reasons:

  1. What are the probabilities of the number of injuries on escalators being a power of 2?
  2. How can there be almost 3 injuries per day on something as trivial as an escalator? (that’s an interrobang, in case you’re wondering)

Sure, the escalators on the London tube can be impressive:

Tube Escalator (CC) Flickr swh

But still…