Girl, 4, survives after falling 7 floors

Girl, 4, survives after falling 7 floors

A four-year-old girl is in critical condition after falling seven floors from an apartment building in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Saturday afternoon.

The girl fell from the high-rise government quarters after being separated from her aunt.

The two were heading to the aunt's unit on the seventh floor when the lift's door suddenly closed, leaving the girl alone inside, reported the New Straits Times.

Putrajaya Police Chief, Assistant Commissioner Abdul Razak Abdul Majid, said the woman raced up a staircase but could not save the girl as she had climbed onto a railing and fell down.

ROOF

Before landing on the ground, the girl hit a roof on the first floor, which may have saved her from instant death.

"The victim was conscious when she was brought to the hospital," Mr Abdul Razak said.

Separately, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) in Malaysia said that shopping malls must adopt higher safety standards to avoid a repeat of tragedies like the escalator-related death of a six-year-old last week.

Niosh chairman Lee Lam Thye said that in addition to being a public place, malls were also a workplace.

They should, therefore, adopt standards like those laid out by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health for factories and offices, The Star reported him as saying.

"Local authorities should require shopping malls to review safety measures for their escalators, or such accidents will occur again," said Mr Lee, referring to Nurhayada Sofia Musa, a girl who died last Friday after falling several floors through a gap on an escalator of Kenanga Wholesale City Mall in Pudu.

"It appears the gap between the balustrade and the escalator was too wide, allowing the child to fall through it.

That should not be the case," said Mr Lee.


This article was first published on April 7, 2015.
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