Three-year-old loses part of finger
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.’’