Saturday, 19 November 2016

Are MRT escalators too fast for the elderly?


The 81-yr-old woman, who was carrying 5 tote bags with both hands, had no difficulty going up the escalator without using the handrails at Ang Mo Kio MRT station.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she felt the escalators were "not too fast".

She then moved briskly into an awaiting train.

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Man's foot gets stuck in Bugis Junction escalator

A man got his foot stuck between the plates of an escalator in Bugis Junction on Wed (Nov 16) at about 9pm.

Stomp reader Maohuan, who witnessed the scene, submitted a video to the citizen journalism website showing the rescue process.

He stated that the man was dressed "in formal attire with a jacket and tie, with leather shoes".

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Man injured after toe gets caught on Bugis Junction escalator

A man was injured after his foot got caught on an escalator at Bugis Junction mall on Wed (Nov 16) night.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident at around 9:15pm and that its officers on the scene within 8 minutes.

The 27-yr-old man was subsequently freed from the escalator using rescue tools and sent to the S'pore General Hospital, SCDF added.

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Retiree in coma after fall at Bishan MRT escalator
UNCONSCIOUS: Mr Lim Chwee Leong was operated on immediately upon reaching the hospital as a blood clot had formed in his brain following his fall on an escalator at Bishan MRT station.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

He fell at the same spot twice at Bishan MRT station.

The 1st time it happened last Friday, Mr Lim Chwee Leong, 64, sprained his hand while breaking his fall as he was going up the escalator at Exit D.

The next day, the retiree, who is divorced, fell again at the same escalator.

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'Human pile-up' at Tampines 1 escalator after elderly man misses footing and falls

An elderly man lost his footing & fell while on an escalator at Tampines 1 shopping mall earlier today (Apr 23), causing other shoppers to get stuck.

A Stomper who filmed a Snapchat video of the incident had sent it to Stomp, & said that the incident happened at around 2.30pm.

Stomp understands that the escalator was functioning normally when the elderly man fell.

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Boy screams after his toes get caught in escalator near Toa Payoh HDB Hub

A young boy got his foot caught between escalator steps near Toa Payoh HDB Hub earlier this afternoon (Jun 4) at around 1:15pm.

Stomper Vivien, who had been at the scene, said the child was "screaming away" as Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel and maintenance staff tried to free him.

It is unclear how the accident happened.

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Boy's toes get caught in escalator near Toa Payoh HDB Hub

A young boy's foot was caught between escalator steps near Toa Payoh HDB Hub earlier this afternoon (Jun 4) at around 1:15pm.

Citizen journalist Vivien, who had been at the scene, said the child was "screaming away" as Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) personnel and maintenance staff tried to free him.

A spokesperson for the SCDF told Stomp: "SCDF was alerted to a rescue case at around 13:00 hours involving a child's toes being stuck in an escalator.

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Passer-by rushes to help boy whose foot was caught in escalator
AFTERMATH: Singapore Civil Defence Force officers trying to retrieve the boy’s shoe.TNP PHOTO: SHINTARO TAY

The piercing screams came from behind him.

When Mr Greg Choong turned around, he saw a woman & a boy on an escalator.

They were in the middle section of the escalator and were struggling wildly. The escalator leads from the 2nd to the 1st storey of the National Library in Victoria Street.

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Boy, 4, has foot trapped in escalator

He was about to reach the foot of the escalator when his little boy, who was beside him, screamed loudly.

He turned and saw that his four-yr-old son's foot was stuck in the escalator. Luckily, Mr Y. C. Tan reacted quickly.

He rushed to the bottom of the escalator to press the emergency stop button. A passer-by then called for help.

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Escalator at The Arcade Breaks Apart, Aunties Get the Scare of Their Lives!

With the recent gory news of how freak escalator accidents in China have killed or injured people, you’d forgive two aunties for screaming their lungs out at The Arcade when the escalator they were riding on “exploded”.

With a loud “bang”, one of the steps of the escalator step suddenly splintered and broke off from the rest of the tiles.

That caused a gap to form in which a person could possibly fall through and get crushed to death by the escalator mechanism.

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Elderly women hurt in escalator accident
Punggol Plaza's escalators caused injuries to four elderly women. (Yahoo! photo/Ion Danker)

Four elderly women were hurt when they fell off an escalator at Punggol Plaza on Tuesday morning.

According to The Straits Times, the women suffered deep cuts, fractures and bruises when the handrail of the escalator they were on stopped suddenly. The four women aged between 72 to 81 lost their balance and fell backwards. They were just three steps from the top when two of them fell to the foot of the escalator while the other two landed on the escalator steps.

They sustained bruises and long scratches down their back caused by the escalator's jagged metal edges.

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Escalators Dangerous for Children in Crocs

Parents have always had to pay close attention to children on escalators. The popularity of soft-soled shoes such as the Crocs™ brand has created a situation that requires greater attention. In May 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that it had collected reports of 77 "entrapment incidents" on escalators since January 2006. An "entrapment incident" is when a person's hand, foot, or shoe is trapped in an escalator. The most common incident is when a foot is caught. About half of the incidents reported resulted in an injury, and all but two involved soft-sided flexible clogs like Crocs™.

According to the CPSC, "soft-sided shoes are the most likely to get stuck and pose the possibility of injury to the rider." This includes not only Crocs™ but flip-flops. In April 2007, a 3-year-old girl had to have two toes partially amputated after her Croc™ got stuck in an escalator at the Atlanta airport.

In addition to the tips shown below, ABC News reports that "experts say parents should make sure children ride in the center of the escalator step. Parents of small children should carry them, and kids should not run their foot along the wall - that creates friction and heat, which could explain why the Crocs™ seem to melt around the edge of the step."

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