Opening Up Stairwells: Little Risk and Big Benefits

Building owners and managers sometimes keep stairwells locked because of concern about liability for injuries – but new research by PHLP finds that accessible stairwells appear to pose no more legal risk than other common areas within a building.  Here’s a stair-climbing story from America Walks’ VP Molly O’Reilly, a long-time stair climber, “In 1969, I was part of a chipper cadre that walked to work up the stairs of the General Motors Building in Detroit. I climbed to the 7th floor where I was an analyst in the market research department of an ad agency. The stairwell trek was sometimes the high point of my day.”