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Lawmaker: Probe killer escalators, elevators

Posted at | Updated as of 04/10/12 12:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A lawmaker has filed a resolution seeking a probe into the increasing number of deaths and injuries caused by faulty elevators and escalators.

Rep. Mohammed Hussein Pangandaman cited several incidents starting 2008, which should push a proper investigation in order to address the problem.

House Resolution 2228 seeks to direct the appropriate committee to conduct an investigation in aid of legislation to provide a certain qualification standard in installing, maintaining and operating of elevators, escalators, lifts and the like and the possible measures to be undertaken by the government to address the matter.

He cited the incident in October 2008 involving Jorex Jacob who died after falling from the third floor of King Plaza Condominium in Manila when he got caught in the roll-up door of the building's elevator.

He also noted an incident on October 3, 2010 when the elevator of Lansbergh Place Condominium in Tomas Morato, Quezon City crashed from the 9th floor. Three people were injured.

Accidents also occurred involving the escalators of the Metro Rail Transit system, he said. One report showed that the escalator suddenly stopped, causing people to tumble forward.

He also noted the recent incident involving seven-year-old Felix Aperejado. His arm got stuck for hours when he fell on the escalator inside Puregold Mall in Caloocan.

Pangandaman also noted the accidents involving construction workers and installers who work on or near elevators and escalators.