Boy’s foot trapped in escalator in yet another accident at Jewel Changi Airport

Yet another child has been rushed to the hospital after getting his foot caught in an escalator at Jewel Changi Airport.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force yesterday responded to a call for assistance at 78 Airport Boulevard at about 3:20pm, according to The Straits Times. Rescue tools were necessary to free the boy’s foot, after which he was taken to KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital by ambulance.

As of press time, the severity of the boy’s injuries were unknown. A spokesperson for Jewel Changi Airport Development told us that “the child was assessed by medical personnel onsite, and he also did further checks at a hospital.”

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, a spokesperson for Jewel Changi Airport Development said that the boy’s foot was brushing along the side of the escalator when the incident took place.

An eyewitness told Lianhe Zaobao that the escalator immediately ceased operation when the incident occurred and that escalator technicians quickly arrived at the scene. Another passerby confirmed that account, though neither had seen how the boy’s foot came to be stuck.

Jewel Changi opened its doors to the public on April 17 amid much fanfare, but it has been plagued by safety issues. In May, a 5-year-old boy’s slipper was caught in one of the facility’s escalators, causing him to sustain a minor cut on his toe.

The entertainment and retail complex’s Canopy Park this month made headlines for a pair of accidents that left visitors hurt. 

Just last Wednesday, a teenage girl sustained an injury under her right eye at the park’s Mirror Maze attraction. This came just five days after a woman tripped on the Sky Nets attraction, which features a web of nets that allows you to walk 25 meters above ground, leaving her with a deep wound on her hand.

“We advise all shoppers to stay vigilant especially with children when riding on escalators at all times,” the Jewel Changi Airport spokesperson said in a statement issued to the media.

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