Former Chamber of Commerce president David Cooper has been appointed to speak at two world conferences for the engineering industry.
David, who is also the managing director of Eastbourne-based consulting engineers LECS (UK) Ltd, has been heading up research into escalator accidents at the University of Northampton under Professor Philip Picton and Dr Stefan Kaczmarczyk.
The research, which is ongoing, has identified the need for design changes to escalators to reduce the number of accidents that occur on a regular basis involving minors aged under 10 falling over or from the sides of escalators.
The findings of the research, which include 105 fatal accidents, will be presented at the conferences of the National Association of Vertical Transportation Professionals in San Francisco and also the International Association of Elevator Engineers world conference in Thessaloniki, Greece during 2008.
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