Date
20 July 2017
It took firemen 40 minutes to pull out the leg of the 66-year-old man from the defective escalator. Photo: china.com.cn
It took firemen 40 minutes to pull out the leg of the 66-year-old man from the defective escalator. Photo: china.com.cn

Old man breaks leg in Shenzhen escalator mishap

A 66-year-old man broke a leg in yet another mishap involving a defective escalator in Shenzhen.

The accident took place around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday when the man, surnamed Liu, was going down from the second floor of a supermarket in Baoan district, Shenzhen Evening News reports.

One of the staircase panels suddenly collapsed and Liu was pulled into the hole. His left leg got caught in between the staircase panels and an iron support beneath.  

The escalator continued to move for a few seconds before coming to a standstill.

It took firemen 40 minutes to pull his leg out. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was found to have sustained a bone fracture in his left leg.

The escalator in question had passed an annual examination last December. All of the supermarket’s escalators were suspended for inspection after the accident.

Lo Kwok-keung, an engineer from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said it is very rare that the escalator would continue to operate after a staircase panel had broken, Apple Daily reports.

Lo suspected there were design defects in the escalator, which was made by a company from Suzhou in Jiangsu province.

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