Mall boosts safety after glass door falls on boy

Mall boosts safety after glass door falls on boy
CCTV footage from mall shows boy playing with glass door before it falls on him.

Four-year-old suffers cuts when door gets dislodged while he's swinging it

The management of a shopping mall where a glass door fell on a young boy late last week said it has taken steps to prevent such an accident from happening again.

The four-year-old had been swinging and pushing the 3m-tall door on the fifth floor of Jurong's Westgate mall when it got over-extended, causing it to dislodge from its hinges and fall on him.

Though it did not fully shatter, he was trapped underneath the door and suffered cuts and neck pain.

The mall's manager Eddie Lim told The Sunday Times yesterday that the boy was recovering well and the glass door would be replaced with one with a metal frame around it, which its predecessor did not have.

Mr Lim said: "The boy is under observation at National University Hospital (NUH). But he is doing well. He is playing and is active."

All glass swinging doors at the mall - around 10 of them - would also have a metal frame fitted, and the mall was considering taking other precautions.

A contractor checked all glass doors and panels at the mall after Thursday evening's accident.

Mr Lim added: "The metal frame will stop the door from being over-extended. When pushed beyond a certain distance, the metal frame will meet the door frame and the door will stop moving."

He also said that such doors are commonly used in shopping centres.

Closed-circuit television camera footage showed that the boy had been pushing and swinging the door at 6pm on Thursday.

As a safety precaution, its glass was laminated and tempered with a layer of adhesive to prevent it from shattering.

A doctor from the Healthway Medical Clinic, which was located on the fourth storey of the mall, went to help the boy.

She told Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao that the boy was lying on the ground with a cut on his head and bruises on his face. There were also pieces of glass stuck to his clothes.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force was alerted to the incident at 6.05pm on Thursday. An ambulance was sent to the location and the boy was taken conscious to NUH.

Westgate opened last December and is located next to the Jem mall.

ameltan@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on August 10, 2014.
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