A nationwide poll has discovered that our childhood fear of being ground up by the final grisly tread of the escalator remains with us for life.
Falling, hands first, into the last grating step of the escalator topped a secret poll of adult fears, ahead of terrorism and child abduction.
Escalator coping methods often include caressing the sides of our shoes on the full-length brushes, or staring intently at the green lights that pierce through the deadly gaps. Scientist, Peter Thape believes that humans pass on the fear through the generations.
‘I watched a mother and father on the escalator, both holding their toddler’s hand, before swinging him over the final step,’ said Thape.
‘They pretended it was a game, fun; but you could see the sweat pouring off them,’ added Thape.