Four injured due to escalator malfunction at Bellevue Square shopping center

Four people fell when an escalator inside Bellevue Square shopping center malfunctioned Thursday evening, according to the Bellevue Fire Department.

A 30-year-old man, a woman and two 3-year-olds were taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue after the 7:21 p.m. malfunction on the ground floor of Macy’s.

A witness reported she heard a loud sound followed by chaos near the escalator. When she went toward the noise, she saw that chunks of the escalator had fallen off.

A mechanical failure led to the accident, not a structural collapse. The escalator had been installed in 1982 and maintained regularly since by the company Schindler.

A state inspector from the Department of Labor & Industries also checks the escalator monthly, according to a release from Kemper Development Company, which owns Bellevue Square.

The state escalator inspector had been alerted, and an investigation is expected.

If you are injured in a retail store or retail shopping center, you are considered to be an “invitee” and the owner and/or operator of the premises owes you a heightened duty to protect you from unreasonable hazards. If you are injured due to the failure of equipment in such a location, you may also have claims against those that have been contracted to maintain the equipment.