After an inspection of around 2,600 escalators in the city, the Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau ordered the ‘indefinite suspension’ of 33 machines, Shanghai Daily reports.
The safety tests follow a series of escalator accidents across China, many of which were believed to have been caused by faulty machinery. According to the report, the recent check only covered around 15 percent of the 17,000 escalators currently running in Shanghai, and it’s estimated that some 200 machines could actually be considered potentially hazardous.
The Daily elaborates:
According to Shen Weimin, [the bureau’s] deputy director, as well as identifying faulty machines, the inspections revealed that many of the companies responsible for the escalators — both manufacturers and maintenance firms — had failed to establish response procedures for dealing with accidents and emergencies.
Several companies had also failed to arrange suitable training programs for management staff at the venues in which their machines were installed, he said.
Among the offending manufacturers was Suzhou Shenlong Elevator Co, which was ordered to dismantle seven of its machines and repair five others, Shen said.
In a horrific case that made international headlines last month, a woman was killed after being sucked into a gap that suddenly appeared at the upper end of an escalator in Hubei province. The moving staircase was produced by the Shuzhou Shenlong Elevator Co.
Escalators manufactured by firm Shanghai Mitsubishi have also been involved in at least two accidents recently. This includes another case from last month in which a 35-year-old cleaner got his foot trapped in the machinery at a mall in Shanghai, requiring amputation. Another escalator made by the company malfunctioned at Shanghai’s Hongkou Football Stadium Metro Station over a week ago, although nobody was injured.