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300 hurt in Metro escalator accidents

A TOTAL of 300 cases of injuries were reported on Shanghai’s Metro escalators and elevators in the first seven months of the year.

Carelessness by passengers was to blame in more than 90 percent of these incidents, said Metro operator Shanghai Shentong.

It said that only in one accident was an escalator malfunction to blame, without naming the station involved.

Shanghai Shentong did not say how these figures compared with previous years.

This comes among concerns over the safety of China’s escalators, following a spate of high-profile accidents.

The Metro operator said accidents were more likely to occur when there were fewer people in a station but did not offer an explanation for this.

While 59 accidents occurred during rush hour, 241 were at off-peak times, it said.

Elderly travelers were more likely to be injured in escalator and elevator accidents. Some 67 percent of injuries occurred among passengers aged over 60, compared to 20 percent among 45 to 59-year-olds and 13 percent for under-45s.

In April, Shanghai Shentong set up a 2,400-strong escalator and elevator managing team among station staff.

The city’s 14 Metro lines carry more than 9 million passengers a day. The 337 Metro stations have more than 2,300 escalators and around 700 elevators.


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