Eaten By An Escalator airs at 10pm on Monday, 12th August on Channel 5

Eaten By An Escalator airs at 10pm on Monday, 12th August on Channel 5

The world is increasingly an urban place. More than half our planet’s population live in cities. But urban life as we know it would be impossible without one of the most overlooked inventions of the 21st century. The humble escalator.

Throughout our modern cities, filled with high rise buildings, we depend on escalators and lifts to move around.  These seemingly reliable pieces of engineering are so integrated into our environment we barely notice their existence.

They are also one of safest forms of transport that we use but that doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen. These simple, unassuming, mechanical innovations can suddenly become deadly if we fail to respect the.

EATEN BY AN ESCALATOR takes a look at one the most expensive and commonplace machines we use every day. With the help of industry experts, we look at why this seemingly innocent mode of transport can suddenly become the most terrifying. We examine the incredible stories of those who have been trapped or injured, measure the psychological impact on victims, look at the engineering stories behind each incident and show how the industry has reacted to any safety concerns.