The family of Thomas Quigley, who broke his neck and died after slipping on an escalator last summer at DTW, say that his death could have been easily prevented by the presence of safety signage. However, authorities at DTW have said that they are in compliance with best-practice safety procedures.
The family of a man who died after slipping on an escalator last summer at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) say that the incident highlights a major safety issue at the facility, USA Today reports. Thomas Quigley died after breaking his neck while pausing to adjust the luggage case that he was carrying. According to the outlet, there are no signs at DTW to advise passengers that luggage, strollers or wheelchairs are forbidden on escalators.
Quigley’s family, however, feel that the presence of this kind of warning signage might just have saved his life and that he may have decided to use the elevator instead of the escalator.
“Our priorities are that this doesn’t happen to anybody else. Signage is such a simple thing. It’s not that I don’t believe in personal responsibility, but there is an onus on the airport to inform people that they have options. And signage is a simple, cost effective measure,” explained Amy Facchineri, one of Quigley’s daughters.
“I can’t find peace. I feel like he was taken from us, and I feel like this shouldn’t have happened,” she added.
The family is considering taking legal action against DTW.
However, Erica Donerson, a spokesperson for the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), told the Detroit Free Press that, “After reviewing best practices throughout the U.S. aviation industry, especially large hub airports like Detroit Metropolitan Airport, we confirmed prohibiting luggage on escalators is not standard practice. While we may modify our signs in the future, we don’t have plans to add language prohibiting luggage.”
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