Skip to comments.Boy Maimed by Macy's Escalator Has Finger Reattached
Posted on 07/04/2010 5:17:22 AM PDT by sodpoodle
The escalator is currently not in use, confirmed Macy's spokeswoman Elina Kazan.
Wooden escalators have been in operation at the store since 1927.
Two other children have had fingers chopped off by Macy's escalators in recent years.
A four-year-old girl had her right index finger sliced off Oct. 16, 2005, when she tripped at the top step while riding with her father to the third floor. And a two-year-old boy had his left thumb partially severed Dec. 24, 2006, as he rode up to the fourth floor.
"I'm going to try my best to make them remove them and put in better escalators," said Gell-Tejada.
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Historic asset my fanny. If it slices off kids fingers over and over it’s got to go.
Or maybe it's just a poorly written story.
The wooden escalator is almost 100 years’ old. My suggestion to immobilize it and convert it to a stationary staircase would eliminate the risk to children and perhaps cell phone distracted adults.
As Bernard has noted - the problem with the escalator has only emerged in the past few years. What has changed? The equipment or the customers?
Look what they’re gonna try to get rid of at Macy’s...
The pit bull of escalators?
oh fer cryin’ out loud
“When the first incident occurred, Macys should have provided warnings that parents with small children use the elevators.”
As I pointed out, it could also be bad reporting. Just because the article writer didn’t mention any previous accidents doesn’t mean they didn’t happen. It does seem amazing that the machine could run for 80 years without incident and then suddenly have 3 accidents in less than 10 years.
ANY escalator is dangerous. You should see the things that repairmen find in the pit, shoes, packages.......that grid at the bottom or top will remove toes if you don’t step on it correctly.
First, they took our common sense. Then they took our Constitution.
I don’t think we know if this is a recent problem or not. The story doesn’t say, and my bet is only Macy’s and past victims would know that, Macy’s isn’t going to admit it to a reporter from FOX calling them and the reporter doesn’t know the victims names to call them either.
In tort law you take the victim as you find them under most state law. Example is the “glass jaw.” If you assault someone and they happen to have unusually weak bones . . . you are liable for the damaage you do, pain and suffering etc, even if an ordinary person would not be injured. Even if the customers protection of their children has changed, the change is probably in the perception of the safety of the escalators, since modern escalators don’t chop off children’s fingers over and over again. And Macy’s is obligated to create a safe environment for their customers, particularly children who are less able to protect themselves.
I loved that video! LOL
Still, someone could be injured on a escalator - any style of escalator - in various ways I would assume. Children use these as amusement park rides all the time. Please, please, please, Parents, monitor your children and use common sense.
Where to begin. Have you watched parents with children on escalators? Do you see the idiot parents tell their kids NOT to drag/slide their fingers near the handrail? I heard it constantly as a kid in the 50's. This goes right along with idiot parents that now want warning labels on hot dogs and popcorn as choking hazards. Oh and don't use a screwdriver near your eye.
They also could have had an attendent at the elevator warning people with children
And don’t use your electric hair dryer while you’re in the bathtub.
Lucky kid, it could have been worse!
People on the right naturally jump to the defense of corporations because of things like the hot coffee law suit against McDonalds and excesses like that. They sometimes lose sight of the fact that safety improvements in products occur all the time, are good, tort law in part drives that, and people can be culpable where (as it appears in this case) there is an unsafe piece of equipment, they have reason to know it’s unsafe etc. Basically, remember that tort law is in the Anglo/American legal tradition and plays an important and vital function. Corporations can be wrong . . . my bet is they get sued less often than they injure or rip off people (just going by my experience . . . half the crap I buy seems to have some problem or another with it — I have a coffee carafe on a new coffee maker that acts like a dribble cup — no kidding — Mr. Coffee marketed a carafe you can’t pour from without dribbling).
Jury trial might show something different at Macy’s, that the escalator is as safe as any other, but we don’t know that here on FR until an expert in escalators that knows the Macy’s escalator chimes in.
Maybe cracks have developed in the old escalator because of the settling and shifting of the old building. Cracks that tiny fingers could fit into.
The public has certainly been made aware of liability lawsuits and our increasingly litigious society is evidence.
Has it caused us to be more reckless in our behavior and less protective of our children?
Do we believe that no matter what tragedy befalls us - we are wholly blameless, that someone else is at fault and should pay to make us whole?
Modern escalators can also be quite treacherous. They have warning signs and emergency buttons - but still snag careless shoelaces because moving parts actually move;)
No. My husband is an elevator troubleshooter and has, on occasion, worked on an escalator. They routinely eat shoes and packages because idiots think they are toys. Or a fun ride.
And parents are getting dumber.
A state inspector would shut it down in a heartbeat.
Make that city inspector.
This is a question of facts not an idealogical question in my view. Is Macy’s negligent or even reckless in operating that escalator? I don’t think we have the facts to know the answer.
And parents are getting dumber.
Nope. IQ is actually increasing : P
24 posts and no mallrats references? Cmon people
ANY escalator will rip a childs finger if they drag them on the side near a handrail. Those handrails are simply large belts. Remember the loose shoelace fad? Escalators ripped the shoes off of peoples feet because the teeth grabbed them. And the Croc shoe fad. There was a rash of children hurt on escalators while wearing Crocs. Escalators are not amusement rides but parents let their kids "horse around" on them and they DON'T watch their hands.
You get my point; whether Macy’s is negligent requires more facts to fairly evaluate. I agree with you that parents should be careful with children on escalators and the parent can be negligent and responsible for the injury of their child.
Correct! We are having an open ended discussion on a forum.
It is an opportunity to examine the facts as we know them, what caused this injury, the behavior, the environment, the law, the rules, justice, the biases and belief systems that guide our individual sense of responsibility etc., etc.,
Parents don't teach their kids the basics anymore and blame everyone else when they choke on hot dogs or run their fingers on the moving parts of an escalator.
The pics that ErnBatavia posted show modern handrails. So it isn't the escalators age.
They are quite lovely and must have been well maintained to have functioned for almost a century.
I expect we should demand they be removed and be replaced with metal toe grinders;) Splinters are so yesterday!
I grew up scared to death of escalators. I was told they would eat toes and fingers.
Gotta love the scene from “Elf” in which Buddy rides an escalator for the first time.
Video of Macy’s wooden escalator.
LOL!!! I used to get my heels caught in between the wood ones.
I wear crocs (ugly, but so comfy!) and I’m not seeing how this one goes. If your shoes fit properly and you step lively when you’re supposed to rather than shuffling like a drunk, that shoe isn’t going anywhere or getting caught on a properly maintained escalator.
Unless you’re a kid and walk out of them while getting off. Actually I didn’t pay a lot of attention as to how the accidents with kids happened. I don’t wear Crocs and my kids are adults.
And too, maybe the knock-offs don’t fit kids as well. I just heard about the rash of hurt feet. *shrugs*