Boy Loses Toe at Ocean Park
A three-year-old child had his toe amputated after getting his left foot trapped between the steps and the side skirt of an escalator at Ocean Park. Two of his toes were also permanently disfigured. The boy’s grandfather came forward to discuss the accident with the help of legislator James To, alleging that the amusement park had offered the victim $100,000 to keep quiet about the accident, a settlement the boy’s family rejected. The incident has drawn attention to existing legislation, which does not require escalator operators to follow the latest safety guidelines. Built in 1984, the escalator that caused the boy’s injury was in compliance with guidelines set in 1983. Up-to-date safety standards recommend at least 75 motion sensors on each escalator to minimize accidents: This escalator had just two.
Our take: $100,000? Come on, you can do better than that.