Four cases of children in escalator incidents last year but such incidents continue to happen due to a lack of inspections, says CAP president SM Mohamed Idris.

GEORGE TOWN: The Consumers’ Association of Penang has taken the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) to task over the increasing number of escalator mishaps in the country.

Noting that escalator accidents were hogging the headlines of late, CAP president SM Mohamed Idris asked what steps DOSH had taken to prevent these mishaps.

“Last year alone, the media reported four cases of children involved in escalator accidents.

“Another child lost his foot at KL Sentral last Monday.

“Has DOSH carried out any studies to find out the reasons for these frequent accidents?

“How often does DOSH check these escalators? Are the owners doing enough to ensure safety?”

A three-year-old boy had part of his left foot severed in a mishap on an escalator at KL Sentral on Monday

Dzil Mikhail Nasaruddin is in stable condition at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) where doctors had earlier tried to re-attach the forefoot that had been cut off in the 3.30pm incident.

However, they failed as too much time had elapsed since the accident had occurred about three hours earlier.

Idris narrated an incident in November when CAP received a complaint about an adult having a bad fall while riding an escalator at a popular shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.

The family members of the victim lodged an immediate report with the security personnel on site. As the manager was not available, the security personnel gave an assurance that the matter would be followed up urgently.

The accident had taken place in the morning. In the evening, the family members of the victim returned to check on the escalator and found it to be still faulty.

They also found another one with a similar fault.

Apparently, the management had made no effort to stop the faulty escalators or repair them.

CAP had also written twice to DOSH on behalf of the complainant on this incident but had received no reply to date.

“Has DOSH investigated that incident?” asked Idris.

Source from FMT

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