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Electric stairs accident
fischermx




msg:3818773
 6:28 am on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

A few hours ago... I and my family (wife, 3 kids of 6yo each, and my mom) were leaving the cinema after watching Bedtime Stories when we decided to split the kids to take them to the restroom. I took the boy, my mom one of my daughters and my wife another girl.

When I and my kid were going just leaving the restroom, we were passing just besides the electric stairs when I heard a big noise, like some machinery sounds.
It was the electrical stairs stopping... I didn't think nothing expect that five steps later I saw my wife at the beginning of the stairs, looking downwards (to my daughter), talking to her. I didn't think nothing serious again, but I thought my daughter pressed the red stop button of the stairs... it was a very noise environment.

When I turned around I saw my daughter crying frightened.... without a shoe! then I saw the elevator and I saw how my daughter's shoe was crunched up to the heel in the last step at the point where the stair merges the platform in the floor... but it was not against it, but at a side!
There's a clear of barely 4mm or 5mm between the stairs and the metallic side, while the merely show sole had to be about 12mm... plus the rest of the shoe... I have no idea how it fitted. How half shoe of about 20mm height could fit in that place.

I approached my wife and my daughter and review her foot, she just suffered light scratches in the lighting attempt to release her foot from the crunching shoe...

The local security in the cinema took 4 minutes to get to the stairs! while we were there, just trying to console our child... and watching the shoe.... then our child, and thinking "what if...." I shudder just to remember it now.

When a supervisor arrived, they couldn't believe what just happened either. More personal arrived later trying to "help".
Some trying to minimize the issue telling us they were going to try to reverse the stairs to get my child shoe.... what a joke, first, with the pressure of the metallic steps, the shoe would be a total lost...
They couldn't anyway... a stupid a maintenance guy from that place, started to talk about the very likely damage to the stairs system.... I just thought.. "what do I f... care!?!?"...."your f... stairs are diabolic or something!"

We left the scene after some 5 to 10 minutes. My daughter was able to walk fine and we headed to home, just thinking and thinking about what just happened.

Now, I have been googleing electric stairs accident for a while, and I can't find a single reference in newspapers and the like in the past about an accident like this... I have no idea, if the electric stairs could have eaten my child's foot.

 

Anyango




msg:3818778
 7:00 am on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Ah That was very frightening!
Thank God she is safe, I wish her all the best in her emotional recovery. Realy very unfortunate event but again Thank God she is safe. And I am sure they will have to upgrade their machines soon.

And Please, don't pay too much attention to "what if's", they can only make you more and more worried and spoil your couple of weeks.

[edited by: Anyango at 7:02 am (utc) on Jan. 4, 2009]

Habtom




msg:3818780
 7:09 am on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Now, I have been googleing electric stairs accident for a while, and I can't find a single reference in newspapers and the like in the past about an accident like this.

<snip> brings a number of results, including a story similar to yours but a little bit more serious somewhere in the SERP, . . . and ofcourse also a link to an <snip> attorney.

[edited by: lawman at 1:43 pm (utc) on Jan. 4, 2009]

onepointone




msg:3818785
 7:40 am on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

I remember a bad escalator accident at Coors Field.

[edited by: lawman at 1:38 pm (utc) on Jan. 4, 2009]

BillyS




msg:3818851
 12:50 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

She wasn't wearing crocs was she? Google <snip>... This happens all the time.

[edited by: lawman at 1:38 pm (utc) on Jan. 4, 2009]

lawman




msg:3818862
 1:42 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

We interrupt this program for a special message:

Alright guys and gals. We don't allow search terms because they can be a work-around to get people to a website(s) that a poster can have a financial interest in. Since we don't know who owns what, we have to delete search terms.

Hint: Sticky mail is available.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

lgn1




msg:3818864
 2:00 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Do you mena escalator, I thought electric stairs was those in house lifts, wheelchair lift etc, or is this a regional dilect issue like pop vs soda?

Habtom




msg:3818872
 2:44 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

We interrupt this program for a special message:

Yeap, this used to happen in a local TV channel, as always something interesting is interrupted for something well...not so much interesting. :)

lawman, 'escalator' is a no-no?

if lawman snips the term above between 'lawman' and 'is', it is 'escalator', and I heard he can't read this small so this should be fine.

lawman




msg:3818939
 4:43 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Escalator, escalator, escalator . . .

fischermx




msg:3818944
 5:05 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks a lot for your comments.

Habtom:
I couldn't find a single reference to an accident in the first 30 google results.
May be I had to use "escalator" instead of "stairs", well, I meant the classical thing available in malls and most places, not those in houses.

Billy:
She was wearing a classical scholar shoe but instead of a clip they had velcro, we think that helped her to get the foot out the shoe in a single pull.

fischermx




msg:3818945
 5:07 pm on Jan 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Oh God, I see the results now, I had to use "escalator" to get them, sorry, I'm not a native English speaker.

grandpa




msg:3819554
 4:22 pm on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

There have been several incidents of this sort in the Metro Atlanta area. I guess I better not mention who owned/operated the escalator(s) - there are probably still lawsuits pending.

From what I can determine, certain shoes are more susceptable than others; primarily soft or rubber based shoes which can drag and catch along the stainless steel siding, and from there it's a small feat to pull the object into the escalator workings.

If you or your children are riding escalators, avoid placing hands, feet or loose objects (shoestrings, raincoat tail, extra length necktie) near the edges where the stair meets the siding.

fischermx, I'm relieved that your daughter wasn't seriously injured.

engine




msg:3819600
 5:21 pm on Jan 5, 2009 (gmt 0)

fischermx, thankfully, I'm glad it turned out ok.

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