Sunday, 23 June 2019

Almost an accident a day on Singapore’s escalators - updated with parents' comments

On average, one escalator accident takes place in Singapore almost every day. And of the more than 350 incidents reported last year, over 90% were caused by user behaviour, such as using prams on escalators, running on them and not holding the handrails, while the rest were down to technical faults.

Dr Sharon Goh from the Department of Emergency Medicine in KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital has seen patients as young as one month old suffer from serious escalator-related injuries, such as to the head or spine.

And more than half of those who arrive at the hospital with injuries involving prams on escalators tend to be admitted, said Dr Goh.

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1) Parents address flak over 'irresponsible' use of baby strollers on escalators
2) Commentary: Prams and escalator incidents – how about lift priority queues for new parents?

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