Salimiya, Kuwait City, Kuwait – Worker loses fingers caught in elevator door

According to Emirates 24/7, a Filipino worker at a restaurant in the Salimiya neighborhood of Kuwait City lost some of his fingers after they became caught between the elevator and the elevator door on Monday, March 4, 2013. Kuwait police described the elevator as “lacking minimum safety standards”, and the article notes that emergency personnel “had to smash the lift’s door” to release the man. Continue reading

Bankstown, Sydney, Australia – Toddler loses three fingers to shopping center escalator

According to numerous Australian news sources, a three-year old boy fell on an escalator at Bankstown Shopping Centre, causing him to lose three fingers when they apparently became jammed in the escalator’s moving parts. Although circumstances around the injury remain unclear, the description provided by the Sydney Morning Herald suggest that the young boy’s fingers were perhaps caught between the steps as the steps collapsed together at the destination landing. Another possibility is that the toddler fell as he approached the destination landing, and perhaps fell in such a way that his fingers were entrapped by a missing or damaged comb plate. Continue reading