Boy Loses Toe at Ocean Park

HK Magazine - - NEWS -

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.

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