According to CNN, Chinese state media reports that the 35-year-old man was working as a janitor at Shanghai’s Cloud Nine shopping mall when the metal panel at the top of the escalator gave way, trapping the man’s leg inside. Firefighters were able to extract the man after about 20 minutes, and he was sent to a nearby hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate the lower half of his leg.
“The doctor said in order to prevent (the) situation from getting worse, they amputated his left calf,” a family member of the victim told Xinhua.
An investigation into the accident is still underway but the latest state media reports say the victim violated operation regulations by not shutting the escalator down first before cleaning it.
Last Sunday, 30-year-old Xiang Liujuan died after being sucked into an escalator in a Jingzhou mall. And on Tuesday, a toddler suffered injuries to his hands and arms after becoming stuck in an escalator in Guangxi. Despite the rash of gruesome incidents, Chinese authorities say their escalators are safe and point out that there were only 49 escalator or elevator-related accidents last year. I’d still take the stairs though.