Why do young kids fear escalators? I remember my kids used to grab onto me with sweaty palms every time we went on one of these moving staircases. To be honest, sometimes they freak me out too.
Three years ago a woman died after being trapped in a shopping mall escalator. She was holding her two-year-old son's hand when the incident happened. Right when they were about to finish their ascent, the floor of the escalator collapsed and she fell in, but was luckily able to push her son to safety.
A couple days ago, a toddler's boot got stuck in an airport escalator. Two-year-old Julian was terrified when he couldn't pull his leg out.
Now his parents are looking for answers and are trying to spread awareness about the dangers escalators pose for young children...
Andrea Diaczok was holding her little boy's hand on the escalator when she heard something strange.
"I heard a squeak, looked down and the sole of his boot was just disappearing down the side. It just started to eat into the side of his boot," the pregnant Canadian mother told CBC.
She called out for help, and someone was able to push the emergency stop button just in time.
"His leg was so twisted and trapped, and they didn't know what was going on with his foot at that point, so I just started to say, 'We need to find some scissors,' I started to see a bit of blood and I just started telling for someone to make sure there was tourniquet in the medical kit because I wasn't sure what was going on at that time inside his boot," Diaczok recalled.
"He was screaming. I think I was screaming too," she added.
Julian was taken to hospital for a broken leg. According to his mother, he has nightmares about the incident. Diaczok is calling for more safety measures, especially for children.
"I think most people know to be aware of the top and the bottom, and to watch small bits like shoelaces and not to touch the sides ... but I don't know if people are aware that side entrapment can happen," she said.
A Vancouver airport spokesperson told CBC in a statement that they've launched an investigation:
"We are reviewing maintenance and inspection records for the escalator ... We will certainly implement any enhancements necessary pending the outcome of our investigation."
[H/T: CBC / Mirror]