In another horrific escalator accident in China, a shopping mall cleaner had had his left leg amputated after it got stuck and ripped off in an escalator late on Saturday.
Horrific security footage shows the 35-year-old victim, identified only as Zhang, mopping the escalator rails at a mall in Shanghai when his leg became caught up in a gap in the steps.
The escalator stopped after the man’s leg got stuck, but the injuries were so severe that the doctors could not save it, The Shanghaiist reports.
The cause of the terrible accident has been attributed to a “misoperation of the escalator”, according to the manager of the shopping mall, however the victim disputes the claim.
Police are still investigating the freak accident.
In all, three horrific accidents involving escalators occurred in China over the past week alone, causing fear, anxiety and outrage over safety protocols in the country.
Last Sunday, surveillance footage captured a woman in the Hubei Province falling to her death, after a floor-plate collapsed and she fell through the resultant hole. The clip instantly went viral.
1. A mall cleaner has had his leg amputated after it became stuck in an escalator in Shanghai.
2. The 35-year-old man was stepping on the top platform of the Shanghai shopping mall escalator when his leg accidentally became stuck in a gap between the steps.
3. An initial investigation found that the accident occurred from “misoperation of the escalator”.
4. The man’s devastated family told reporters that he had only begun working at the supermarket three months ago.
Two days later, a child had his arm caught up in an escalator at a mall in Guangxi.
Then on Thursday, a woman also fell to her death in an escalator accident in Zhejiang.
All these tragedies have led to paranoid shoppers anxiously stepping around the top of escalators, fearing that they might become the next victim.
In 74 escalator accidents reported in China in the first half of 2015, there have been 73 deaths and 82 injuries, according to the country’s quality control authorities.
The authorities added that out of the 2.3 million registered elevators and escalators in China, more than 110,000 have been found to have safety problems.
5. A week earlier, a mother fell to her death into a collapsing escalator at a Chinese shopping mall, moments after she heroically threw her two-year-old child to safety (story here).
Read more: The Shanghaiist.
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