Young child's hand caught in travelator at Stockland
A YOUNG boy is lucky to still have all his fingers after a close call with one of Stockland Rockhampton's travelators yesterday.
At 4.15pm, Police, ambulance and firefighters were called to the scene where a five-old-year boy had "his hand stuck underneath the travelator” at the Kmart end of Stockland.
The travelator was stopped and a privacy screen was erected while emergency crews worked to free the boy.
Rumours swirled on social media speculating that the boy may have lost his fingers.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said with the assistance of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, they were able to free the boy's hand at approximately 4.50pm.
"We transported the boy to his residence with minor injuries,” the spokesperson said.
"He was very lucky.”
The escalator was subsequently closed for maintenance and repairs.
Photos were shared to The Morning Bulletin showing the travelator not operating this morning.
Stockland's media spokesperson confirmed there was an incident at the centre where a young boy had his hand caught in one of the shopping centre travelators.
"Emergency services were immediately called to the scene and removed part of the travelator in order to free the boy's hand,” the spokesperson said.
"We have since reviewed CCTV footage of the incident and are satisfied that the travelator was in correct working order and meets all safety requirements.
"The travelator is currently being restored and will be operating again soon.”
The spokesperson said the safety and wellbeing of all of their customers was always their first priority.
"In light of this serious incident we would like to remind customers, especially those with small children, to always use caution when boarding and dismounting travelators,” they said.