Three-year-old loses part of fin­ger

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

An in­ci­dent on the trav­e­la­tor at North City Shop­ping Cen­tre that caused a three-year-old girl to lose part of her fin­ger has high­lighted the need for peo­ple to be care­ful on mov­ing ma­chin­ery.

Ju­dith-Ann Kingi was on the trav­e­la­tor when she ‘‘flopped down, as kids do’’, her grand­mother told Kapi-Mana News.

‘‘ You think, ‘ She’s OK, there’s no dan­ger’ – I don’t think peo­ple are aware of what can re­ally hap­pen.’’

Ju­dith-Ann’s right hand was caught at the end of the trav­e­la­tor be­fore the emer­gency stop but­ton could be pushed. De­spite at­tempts by sur­geons at Hutt Hos­pi­tal, she lost the top part of her in­dex fin­ger to the first knuckle.

Her grand­mother says Ju­dith-Ann is do­ing well and she does not blame North City man­age­ment, but would like more aware­ness of the dan­gers of rid­ing the trav­e­la­tor.

Ju­dith-Ann’s grand­mother has heard that long dresses and belts from bug­gies and prams can get caught in trav­e­la­tors.

North City’s man­ager Craig Hop­kins says the in­ci­dent was looked into by the Depart­ment of Labour and CCTV ev­i­dence showed there was no rea­son for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said the trav­e­la­tors and ‘‘ all as­pects’’ of the shop­ping cen­tre are com­pli­ant with the Depart­ment of Labour. ‘‘Safety of pa­trons is a pri­or­ity. ‘‘We do en­cour­age peo­ple to re­mem­ber that, as with any mov­ing ma­chin­ery, care does need to be taken.’’

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